Tag: O’Rourke, Beto

At Democratic Campaign Events, Mueller Report Is Not the Main Topic

RYE, N.H. — For Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday, it wasn’t quite campaigning as usual after the delivery of a long-awaited report from the special counsel roiled Washington over the weekend. But it was pretty close. At events across early primary states, voters asked about health care and school shootings and immigration. Questioners were far […]

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Is Betomania Real or Phony?

Within days of his announcement that he was running for the Democratic presidential nomination, Beto O’Rourke shot up in the rankings in terms of money, media coverage and Google searches. Then the knives came out — progressives, women, African-Americans and party loyalists all took a stab at him. The response to Beto is polarizing the […]

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Beto O’Rourke Raised $6.1 Million Online in First 24 Hours of Campaign

WASHINGTON — Beto O’Rourke raised more than $6 million online in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign last week, according to his campaign, outpacing his rivals for the Democratic nomination and making an emphatic statement about his grass-roots financial strength. Mr. O’Rourke brought in $6,136,736 after declaring his long-anticipated bid with a […]

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In 2020 Field Full of Women, Some Men Signal They Will Pick a Female Vice President

With a record number of female candidates running for president, some male Democratic contenders are signaling that a woman will be on their 2020 ticket — just not at the top. Two male candidates, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, suggested this weekend that they would pick a […]

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From Woke Bros to Cold Warriors: The Men of 2020

The 2020 presidential field is shaping up to have the most diverse group of candidates Americans have ever seen. That there’s a historic number of women leading the pack has been much discussed — and rightly so — along with just how “likable” these women may or may not be. Less discussed, however, has been […]

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Beto O’Rourke is 46. Bernie Sanders is 77. Does Age Matter Anymore for Democrats?

KEOKUK, Iowa — Diana Martinez, 70, looked at Beto O’Rourke, 46, and made her choice: It was time for Generation X to fix this country. “Doesn’t he remind you of Kennedy?” Ms. Martinez said as Mr. O’Rourke offered firm handshakes and music recommendations to a coffeehouse crowd. “He’s young. That’s what it’s going to take […]

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In Beto O’Rourke’s Announcement, His Wife’s Silence Stands Out

Beto O’Rourke, the charismatic Texas Democrat and former member of the House of Representatives, announced his presidential campaign in a video on Thursday. The three-minute clip quickly racked up thousands of shares, with some viewers excited by the prospect of his out-of-nowhere political rise. But others were put off by how his campaign deployed an […]

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Why Texas Is Nearing Battleground Status (It’s Not Just About Beto)

ImageBeto O’Rourke at a rally in Austin in October 2018. He won a lot of voters who had voted for Republicans and for minor-party candidates.CreditJay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated Press The dream of a “Blue Texas” has captured the imagination of Democrats for nearly a decade, and Beto O’Rourke has come closer than anyone to […]

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Where Beto O’Rourke Stands on the Issues

[Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.] Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who just joined the Democratic presidential race, gained an instant following last year when he came within three points of unseating Senator Ted Cruz. But while he was able to stand out in his […]

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Beto O’Rourke Enters the 2020 Presidential Campaign

[Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.] Beto O’Rourke, the 46-year-old former Texas congressman whose near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, announced his candidacy for president on Thursday, betting that voters will prize his message of national unity and generational change in a […]

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Beto O’Rourke Moves Toward a 2020 Race He Could Upend, Ready or Not

Beto O’Rourke has driven alone across the plains, straining to find his emotional bearings — or at least a Pancake House in Liberal, Kan. He has collected an “El Pasoan of the Year” award, before a modest audience, and smiled coyly through an interview with Oprah Winfrey, before a bigger one. He has surfaced on […]

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A Dose of Moderation Would Help Democrats

The energy in the 2020 Democratic campaign has been coming from the left. Candidates are pushing Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, a wealth tax and other ideas that are more progressive than anything a recent Democratic nominee has favored. Much of this shift — which has been focused on economic policy — is […]

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Beto O’Rourke Says He Has ‘Made a Decision’ on a Presidential Run

Beto O’Rourke, who has turned his consideration of a presidential campaign into an online version of reality television, inviting Americans to follow along through journal dispatches as he travels the country in search of personal clarity, said Wednesday that he had made his decision. What is it? He’ll tell you soon. When is soon? Unclear. […]

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No Texan Is a Match for Trump. Not Even Beto.

EL PASO, Texas — The battle of the border was an epic desert showdown between two gifted politicians, each marshaling around 10,000 people, one blessed with the truth, the other pedaling lies. And yet, to Donald Trump’s mystifying credit, the lie survived to fight another day. We tell some tall tales here in Texas. But […]

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Trump to Champion Border Wall at Rally in El Paso, While Opponents There March in Protest

EL PASO — President Trump is to arrive here on Monday for a rally to champion his border wall with Mexico even as a demonstration is planned by angry residents and Democratic lawmakers who denounce his claim that walls reduce violent crime. Mr. Trump’s rally, his first since an acrimonious debate over funding of the […]

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Trump and O’Rourke Face Off in El Paso Over Wall

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s confrontations with potential Democratic challengers in 2020 have mostly been limited to sniping on Twitter. But Monday night in El Paso, he will engage in his most direct conflict with a possible rival — former Representative Beto O’Rourke, a native of the city that shares a border with Mexico. Mr. Trump’s […]

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Inside the Big Race for Small Democratic Dollars in 2020

Senator Bernie Sanders would begin a 2020 presidential bid with 2.1 million online donors, a massive lead among low-dollar contributors that is roughly equivalent to the donor base of all the other Democratic hopefuls combined. Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who narrowly lost a Senate race last year, is also poised to be a […]

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