Beto O’Rourke is a former Congressman from El Paso, Texas who has been popular with groups of all ages. O’Rourke was elected to the US House of Representatives in 2012 and ran against Ted Cruz in the 2018 US Senate race. To the disappointment of many, he did not win, but some hope this only made him more likely to run for president in the next election. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and many believe he would be the perfect person to replace President Trump in the White House.
While many support the idea of O’Rourke’s run for presidency, he has not announced his decision of entering the 2020 race just yet. The former Congressman said a decision would be coming soon, and people are anxious to see if he will join the pool of Democratic candidates running. O’Rourke’s views on political issues generally align with what is considered liberal, and there are some important issues in which people should know where he stands.
O’Rourke favors stricter gun laws in order to ensure that people can live without fear of gun violence. These regulations would include background checks for all gun sales and the end to selling guns with high-capacity magazines. O’Rourke wishes to preserve the Second Amendment while still limiting violence caused by firearms.
Efforts to combat global warming are another issue that O’Rourke has explained his stance on. Not only does he support rejoining the Paris Climate Accords, but also the strengthening of EPA policies.
In terms of equality, O’Rourke supports measures that provide non-discrimination protection to LGBTQ+ Americans and ensure that all Americans are paid equally regardless of gender in order to close the gender pay gap.
O’Rourke is quickly becoming a leading authority in the Democratic party. People around the country are enthused that O’Rourke may run. During his run for US Senate in Texas, thousands supported his campaign and listened to him speak.
Followers are eager to hear O’Rourke’s decision on his run. Reported originally to The Dallas Morning News, he said, “Amy [his wife] and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country. We are excited to share it with everyone soon.”
It is not known how soon this announcement will be. O’Rourke had said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he set a deadline to make a decision by the end of February, so we can assume the news will be revealed within the next few weeks.
Many find his fluency in Spanish to be an advantageous characteristic. People also like the fact that he used to be a part of a punk rock band. O’Rourke, to many, is relatable and real. Some say that his positivity and compassion drew them in. Others say it was his policies and promises. One thing is clear though, if Beto O’Rourke runs for President in 2020, he will have a large number of Americans standing behind him.
Source: Fox 4 News