Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke revealed that he plans to run for President of the United States via a text message sent to a local TV station.
KTSM reported that O’Rourke is officially launching his presidential campaign on Thursday morning, and that he gave them the exclusive information via a text message exchange between the station’s journalists and the failed senate candidate.
“I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents,” O’Rourke said in the text. “It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”
Speculation on whether he would run for president has been discussed since his Senate loss to Ted Cruz in November. An appearance with Oprah and a February showdown in El Paso with President Donald Trump only added to the discussion.
This comes after O’Rourke promised Texans he would not use his new level of fame to run for president, telling a reporter “I’m not looking at 2020. In fact, I’m completely ruling that out. Not going to do that,” adding that regardless of whether he was elected to the senate he was not interested.
“Win or lose, I’m not running in 2020… The answer is no.”
.@BetoORourke’s campaign slogan: Promises Made, Promises Broken.
A few months ago:
“I’m not looking at 2020. In fact, I’m completely ruling that out. Not going to do that… Win or lose, I’m not running in 2020… The answer is no.” pic.twitter.com/oTN4BLpdXZ
— Steven Cheung (@CaliforniaPanda) March 13, 2019
In spite of his now-broken promise, there has been escalating speculation that O’Rourke intended to run for president over the last few months. Last year he quietly met with former President Barack Obama and his aids, who urged O’Rourke to run. Earlier in 2018, there were endless articles declaring O’Rourke to be the new Obama, frequently referring to him as the “White Obama.”
O’Rourke’s ticket may prove a challenge for radical leftists to overcome, as the candidate recently pledged not only to forego building a wall at the United States-Mexico border, but to actually dismantle the existing border barriers.
He also attempted to upstage President Donald J. Trump during a rally in El Paso, Texas with his own event. President Trump’s audience, speech, and music were so loud they could be heard from O’Rourke’s comparatively much smaller event, leading many online to mock O’Rourke’s pathetic attempt.
Also available at O’Rourke’s rally was an interesting circus side show, which allowed attendees to violently beat a piñata made to look like President Trump.
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Joe Biden Admits He Wasn’t “Arrested” In South Africa After Exaggerated Claims
Biden said he was arrested trying to visit Nelson Mandela.
Joe Biden is walking back an exaggerated campaign talking point, after being questioned on his claims of being ‘arrested’ in apartheid-era South Africa trying to visit Nelson Mandela in prison.
Biden all but admitted his claims of being arrested were false in an interview on CNN Friday.
He’s claimed that he was “arrested” in several South Carolina campaign speeches trying to visit the South African political leader.
“This day 30 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and entered into discussions about apartheid. I had the great honor of meeting him. I had the great honor of being arrested with our UN ambassador on the streets of Soweto trying to get to see him on (Robben) Island,” Biden claimed at a Columbia campaign event earlier this month. He’s repeated the claims two times since then.
Biden admitted to CNN’s Joe Berman that he was merely stopped by customs police at the airport for a short period of time when arriving in the country with the Congressional Black Caucus for a visit in the 1970’s.
His claims of being arrested during a direct attempt to visit Mandela are equally dubious, considering he was merely stopped in the city of Soweto. Soweto is hundreds of miles away from Cape Town’s Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for decades by the apartheid-era government.
For what it’s worth, the western political leaders such as Joe Biden who were acutely interested in South Africa during the Apartheid era of political repression have largely forgotten about the country and its declining standard of living since then.
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