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BY: Andrew Stiles
Beto O'Rourke officially launched his presidential campaign Saturday in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, delivering a rousing address to a crowd of supporters near the Mexican border.
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In his speech, O'Rourke touched on a series of issues sure to resonate with Democratic primary voters, such as income inequality, immigration reform, climate change, union rights, universal healthcare, and the decriminalization of marijuana.
O'Rourke, who is bilingual and recently ran a failed Senate bid, during which he delivered hundreds of similar stump speeches, did not use any notes, and delivered a portion of the speech in Spanish. Some politicos, such as former Obama speechwriter and "Pod Save America" host Jon Favreau, found this impressive.
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Many liberals, on the other hand, are concerned by O'Rourke's lack of policy specifics, and worry that his campaign will consist primarily of lofty rhetoric devoid of substance.
One particular issue that weighs heavy on the minds of liberal voters—gun control—was completely absent from Beto's launch address in El Paso. Not one mention. He didn't mention it in his awkward campaign announcement video, either.
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Not that O'Rourke hasn't discussed gun control on the campaign trail. A gun owner himself, O'Rourke has said that being around guns has taught him the importance of using them responsibly, and would enable him to "lead the country on sensible gun safety policy." He has an "F" rating from...
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