Beto O'Rourke

  • Former Congressman, 2013-2019.
  • Democrat from Texas.
  • Age: 46
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Former congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas took a break from the campaign trail earlier this month to spend time in his home town of El Paso, where a gunman shot and killed 22 people at a Walmart. When he resumed campaigning, he did so with a sharper tone, and one directed at President Trump.

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Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke decried the treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers at the U.S. border while campaigning Friday night in Peterborough.

O’Rourke spoke at one of many “Lights for Liberty” vigils held across the state and the country. The vigils were part of a nationwide campaign to protest reported conditions at immigrant detention centers.

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Former Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says climate change needs to be more of a priority in the 2020 election. Fresh off a campaign stop in flood-ravaged regions of Iowa, O’Rourke told voters in Hooksett:

“It’s not God. It’s not Mother Nature. It is us - our emissions, our excesses, our inaction in the face of the facts. And we know that this will get exponentially worse over time unless we change course now.”

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Former Texas Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made his second trip to N.H. on Thursday, stopping in Derry and Concord before speaking to voters at Nashua Community College.

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Democrat Beto O'Rourke is wrapping up his first visit to New Hampshire since joining the race for President.

After stopping by a packed Taqueria in Manchester, O'Rourke told reporters he's tried to learn from New Hampshire voters during his three days here.

"I'm trying to do my best and I know that the people of New Hampshire are doing their best," he said. "They take this responsibility as the first primary state very seriously. And so many have said I expect to see you back, I have more questions for you. I'll look forward to answering them."

Britta Greene / New Hampshire Public Radio

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made his first campaign stop in New Hampshire last night, rolling into Keene State College just after 8 p.m. 

 

There was a crowd waiting for his arrival, including many who drove hours from neighboring states. 

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Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke formally announced Thursday that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he'd try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid.

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Democrats hoping for – or at least intrigued by – a potential Presidential run by former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke gathered in Concord  Wednesday.

The Draft Beto campaign launched on the heels of O’Rourke’s loss to Ted Cruz in a Texas U.S. Senate race. The loss was closer than expected. O’Rourke’s message of uplift and his social media skill helped him raise  $78 million.