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.
Alabama U.S. Senate Contender Tommy Tuberville Lied About Voting for Trump, According to 2016 Records
Tuberville is not telling the truth about being a long-time Trump backer.
Alabama U.S. Senate Contender Tommy Tuberville was not registered to vote in 2016 when he claimed to have voted for Donald Trump for President.
Journalist and political operative Ryan Girdusky shared the discovery over social media that Tuberville never voted for President Trump:
SCOOP: Despite claiming he voted and supported Trump, Tommy Tuberville's voter registration was cancelled in August 2016 due to inactivity… he had registered in the state of Indiana but never voted there, so they kicked him off the voter rolls. pic.twitter.com/X1bSH5N6xT
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) July 10, 2020
Girdusky noted that Tuberville did not vote in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 either while he was living in Alabama and Florida:
Tuberville has claimed on at least eight radio interviews that he voted for Trump in the 2016 election… but it's very clear by the documents that it's impossible and he lied to voters.
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) July 10, 2020
Tuberville has been lying about his record on the campaign trail during a heated political race with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who hopes to reclaim the seat he once left to join the Trump Administration.
“Well, first of all – you know, on I’m going to support President Trump,” Tuberville told Fox & Friends. “I supported him from day one. I’m the only candidate in this race who supported him in this last election. I believe in him. He has a great work ethic. You know, the guy is a winner. And the things that he’s done – we need people to stand behind him – in the Senate, in Congress to help him get his agenda through.”
“But I want to help this state and Alabama,” he added. “You know, Alabama is going to grow. It’s going to really grow.”
Big League Politics has reported about Tuberville ducking Sessions throughout the campaign, avoiding any sort of a debate that could alert voters about his poor record:
As the Republican primary runoff for nomination for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, football coach Tommy Tuberville is doubling down on a strategy of refusing to debate former Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, leaving serious questions about his immigration policy positions unanswered.
Tuberville hopes to cruise to an easy victory on the basis of support from Donald Trump, who remains incensed at Sessions over a feud related to his former Attorney General’s recusal from Robert Mueller’s witch hunt Russia investigation. But Sessions has emphasized that the feud- now in the past- can’t be all that comes under consideration for Alabama’s Republican voters.
Tuberville steadfastly refuses to clarify some of his troubling statements related to immigration policy, including stating that the United States needs 400,000 Indian visa workers to provide labor for America’s corporations. Tuberville continues to rebuff attempts from Sessions to organize a debate to discuss actual policy before the July 14th runoff election, which will determine who will go on to face Democrat Doug Jones in November.
Sessions reiterated that Tuberville refuses to participate in a debate in a tweet responding to President Trump’s latest criticism of him, pointing out that Tuberville’s GOPe sympathies render him a suspect so-called supporter of the President’s ‘MAGA’ agenda.
The Alabama U.S. Senate Republican run-off election between Tuberville and Sessions is scheduled to take place on July 14.
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