Beto O'Rourke takes heat for website's different messages in different languages

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Cruz called on O'Rourke in November to clarify his stances and urged reporters to do the same; after endorsing O'Rourke, the Dallas Morning News echoed Cruz's calls for clarification. It's certainly interesting that he chose to go forward with national ambitions (despite a decidedly full playing field) when there are other more local campaigns he could take on.

A former bassist in a punk band, O'Rourke's 1998 arrest for driving while intoxicated has been an issue in every campaign he has run and will undoubtedly resurface during his presidential bid.

O'Rourke, a former three-term US congressman and a punk rocker in his youth, pledged to tackle "the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate".

Is Beto O'Rourke pandering or is his message lost in translation?

Like progressives such as Sanders, O'Rourke premised much of his appeal in the Senate race on his refusal to accept money from political action committees and instead raised $80 million from small-dollar donors - a national record for a Senate bid.

O'Rourke didn't just focus his campaigning on urban and suburban areas typically rich with Democratic voters - he traveled to all 254 Texas counties, committing to visit even the reddest, most rural places.




O'Rourke has some stiff competition, with Sen. John Cornyn in 2020, but he made a decision to seek higher office instead.

He took a well-publicized road trip across the American Southwest, stopping at colleges and diners. Seated on a couch next to his wife, O'Rourke announced, "Amy and I are happy to share with you that I am running to serve you as the next president of the United States of America".

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke said of his hometown in a text to TV station KTSM, which first reported his entry into the race. "I just truly emerged out of this by being with people".

His comments were carried live on several cable television networks, something other Democrats in the already crowded White House field haven't had.

The 46-year-old O'Rourke, a former three-term US congressman and a punk rocker in his youth, pledged to tackle "the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate". Trump doesn't seem to have a solid grasp on O'Rourke yet, while he's branded Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas" and Bernie Sanders as "crazy", O'Rourke is largely a new character for him. Statistics have shown violent crime had dropped in the city well before its wall was erected.

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