Actual Quotes from Vanity Fair's Profile of Beto O'Rourke

Lamar Ellis
March 16, 2019

O'Rourke said that he plans to travel the country and "listen to those who I seek to serve, to understand from your perspective how we can best meet these challenges". "I think it's important to have people that are running from different parts of the country".

"We shared a common goal", said Ted Houghton, a local financial adviser and longtime O'Rourke donor who raised money for former GOP Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and helped steer millions in state transportation funding to the city.

O'Rourke's campaign did not reply to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment.

Beto O'Rourke announced he is running for president, making it official with an online video released Thursday morning. "I think people want us to rise above the pettiness, the smallness", O'Rourke told CNN at a later Thursday campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa.

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O'Rourke became a national star during his 2018 Senate bid previous year, despite the fact that he was defeated by incumbent Ted Cruz.

Beyond a previously announced event in Waterloo, Iowa, on Saturday, O'Rourke is expected to visit other towns in eastern Iowa, traditionally a Democratic stronghold. He didn't hire traditional political consultants and pollsters, didn't take any PAC money and refused to go negative against Cruz.

When asked about O'Rourke's entrance into the presidential race this morning, President Trump referred to O'Rourke's energetic hand movements in his announcement video and asked, "Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?" They've also met with San Antonio Rep. Joaquin Castro, who has not yet said whether he'll run.

O'Rourke constantly avoided answering how he would handle migrant caravans that was heading toward the U.S. -Mexico border, despite immigration and border security overwhelmingly being the top issues for voters in Texas.

O'Rourke and his campaign helped Democrats almost sweep races in Houston in 2018.

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