Who is Beto O’Rourke?
FORMER congressional member Beto O’Rourke announced his bid to run for governor of Texas in November 2021.
Who is Beto O’Rourke?
Despite his efforts, O’Rourke ran out of funding by November of that year and was forced to pull out of the race. In a thank you message on Medium, O’Rourke thanked his supporters and said he would back whichever democratic candidate would face former President Donald Trump in 2020.
“Our campaign has been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively in the best interests of America,” he wrote.
“Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully. My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as a nominee.
“Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee, and it is in the best interests of the country.”
What are his campaign policies?
While running for president, O’Rourke spoke at a rally in Houston, and said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15 and your AK-47,” adding, “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”
He told the New York Times that his stance on the issue hasn’t changed but speaking at a news conference in Tyler, Texas, O’Rourke said, “I’m not interested in taking anything from anyone. What I want to make sure we do is defend the Second Amendment.”
However, the Times reported that in a phone interview, O’Rourke said he wasn’t backing down from his original stance on guns.
“I don’t think that we should have AR-15s and AK-47s on the streets of this state — I have seen what they do to my fellow Texans in El Paso in 2019,” he told the outlet.
“I haven’t changed a thing about that. I’m just telling you I’m going to focus on what I can actually do as governor and where the common ground is.”
O’Rourke is also speaking out in defense of abortion rights and held a rally in Houston on May 7, 2022, to speak out against the leaked US Supreme Court draft documents that may reverse Roe v. Wade, which would remove a woman’s right to abortion.
After the abortion rally, O’Rourke said, “People’s lives are on the line now, and I’m going to do everything in my power to fight for them.”
- Power Grid and Utility Bills: Fixing the power grid so Texans do not run the risk of losing power
- World-Class Schools: Put additional funding toward schools to increase teacher’s salaries and address student’s learning gaps
- Healthcare: Provide affordable healthcare to all Texans
- Rural Investment: Expand Medicaid and keep rural hospitals open
- Energy: Expand energy jobs, work to remove emissions, and enforce pollution laws.
- Public Safety: Work to curb violent crime.
- Border and Immigration: Develop border security reforms to allow for a legal, orderly system of immigration.
- Property Taxes: Work to deliver sustainable property tax relief for homeowners.
- Voting Rights: Ensure that every Texan has easy access to vote and cast their ballots in elections.
- Marijuana: Legalize the use and distribution of marijuana in the state and expunge the records of those incarcerated on marijuana charges.
- Veterans: Improve benefits and access to mental healthcare, and end homelessness for all Texas veterans.
In an interview with the Texas Tribune in November 2021, O’Rourke said, “I’m running to serve the people of Texas, and I want to make sure that we have a governor that serves everyone, helps to bring this state together to do the really big things before us and get past the small, divisive politics and policies of Greg Abbott.
He added, “It is time for change.”
How is Beto O’Rourke doing in the polls?
O’Rourke continues to trail behind Abbott in the polls, according to a new poll released by the University of Texas at Austin/Texas Politics Project.
The poll shows Abbott leads with 48 percent compared to 37 percent in favor of O’Rourke, while 16 percent of Texans say they are still undecided.
Joshua Blank, the research director of the Texas Politics Project, said on UT News, “Support for both Abbott and O’Rourke has remained consistent among key groups of voters in the electorate, looking back over the last three UT surveys.”
He added, “If O’Rourke is going to tighten the race with Abbott over the next seven months, he’s going to have to improve his standing among independents, Hispanics, and suburban voters relative to the governor.”
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