Beto O'Rourke

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O'Rourke Ends Up in Hospital, Pauses Campaign

Democratic gubernatorial candidate says he had bacterial illness, will rest at home for a bit

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke has temporarily paused his gubernatorial campaign and is resting up after a weekend hospitalization for a bacterial infection. The Hill reports that the Texas Democrat announced his malady Sunday on Twitter, noting he wasn't feeling well on Friday and so he went to San Antonio's...

Beto Blows Up at Heckler During Texas Town Hall

O'Rourke blasts 'motherf---er' who laughed as he talked about Uvalde mass shooting

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke isn't afraid to get a little salty when taking on the topic of gun violence in the US, and he didn't disappoint on that front this week during a Texas town hall. Speaking Wednesday in front of a crowd gathered in Mineral Wells, the Democratic...

Beto O'Rourke Interrupts Abbott's Press Conference

'This is on you,' Democrat says of the mass shooting

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke briefly brought a press conference by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on the Uvalde mass shooting to a dramatic halt on Wednesday. O'Rourke—a Democrat challenging the Republican Abbott for governor—accused Abbott of being weak on gun control. Watch the video here . "The time to...

Beto O'Rourke, Greg Abbott to Face Off in Texas Governor's Race

They win their respective primaries Tuesday

(Newser) - It'll be Beto O'Rourke vs. Greg Abbott in the Texas gubernatorial race. O'Rourke won the Democratic primary Tuesday—the first primary of the 2022 midterm election season—and incumbent Gov. Abbott won the Republican primary, the AP reports. O'Rourke, a former congressman, 2018 Senate candidate, and...

Beto O'Rourke Is Running for Governor
Beto O'Rourke
Is Running
for Governor

Beto O'Rourke Is Running for Governor

Democrat announces candidacy in Texas

(Newser) - Democrat Beto O'Rourke is running for governor of Texas, pursuing a blue breakthrough in America's biggest red state, per the AP . O'Rourke's announcement Monday via video kicks off a third run for office in as many election cycles. First came his near-miss 2018 Senate race against...

Abbott's Sinking Poll Numbers May Give Beto an Opening

Axios reports ex-congressman plans to announce run for Texas governor later this year

(Newser) - Beto-for-president fizzled . Maybe Beto-for-governor will work? Axios reports that former Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke will announce a run for Texas governor later this year. A spokesman says "no decision has been made" but acknowledges that O'Rourke has been busy making phone calls. The Axios report says O'...

Electricity Prices in Texas Up 10,000%
How One Texan Is
Holding Up: 'I Cannot Do This'

How One Texan Is Holding Up: 'I Cannot Do This'

The pandemic and storm are all too much for some

(Newser) - Texas' energy grid stands on its own, isolated from the rest of the country and unable to import power from other states. That means "when it comes to electricity, what happens in Texas stays in Texas," Dan Cohan, an associate professor of environmental engineering at Rice University, tells...

The Blame Game Has Started
Let the Blame Game Begin

Let the Blame Game Begin

Sens. Hawley, Cruz accused of spurring Wednesday's violence, along with Trump

(Newser) - Lots of people are laying blame for Wednesday's violence at the Capitol on President Trump. But the Kansas City Star editorial board points to another Republican: Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley. The 41-year-old senator elected in 2018 "deserves an impressive share of the blame for the blood that's...

Texans Just Eclipsed a 2016 Mark
Just Eclipsed
a 2016 Mark

Texans Just Eclipsed a 2016 Mark

9 million people have cast ballots already in the state, more than in 2016

(Newser) - In the middle of a pandemic, during an intense election campaign, Texans are voting like there's no tomorrow. More people have voted already in the general election than cast ballots in 2016, the Hill reports. The state reports voting has topped 9 million, a record, as of Thursday; in...

Could Beto Be Biden's Big Asset?
'Greatest Ally' of
Biden's Campaign
Isn't Obvious
the rundown

'Greatest Ally' of Biden's Campaign Isn't Obvious

At the Guardian , Ed Pilkington argues it could be Beto O'Rourke

(Newser) - Cindy McCain might be Joe Biden's favorite person this week . But the Guardian argues that Beto O’Rourke could end up his "greatest ally" of the campaign. That's because O'Rourke—a one-time Biden rival for the 2020 Democratic nomination—thinks Texas and its 38 electoral college...

Holding an AR-15, GOP Lawmaker Tells Biden to Try to Take It

Ken Buck keeps the weapon in his Capitol Hill office

(Newser) - A Republican member of Congress has posted a challenging, if not threatening, video on gun control. "I have just one message for Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke," Rep. Ken Buck tweeted . "If you want to take everyone's AR-15s, why don't you swing by my...

Beto O'Rourke Endorses Biden
Dems Are Circling the
Wagons Around Biden

Dems Are Circling the Wagons Around Biden

Beto O'Rourke just the latest candidate to endorse former VP ahead of Super Tuesday

(Newser) - If the only people voting on Super Tuesday were former Democratic presidential candidates, Joe Biden would probably win in a landslide. Beto O'Rourke, who dropped out of the race four months ago, joined more recent ex-candidates Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg in endorsing Biden on Monday, Politico reports. Texas,...

Beto O'Rourke Is Out, and Trump Weighs In

'Our campaign has been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly and acting decisively'

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman, announced Friday that he was ending his Democratic presidential campaign, which failed to recapture the enthusiasm, interest, and fundraising prowess of his 2018 Senate race. In an online post, O'Rourke said, "My service to the country will not be as a...

Charges Say Soldier Passed Bomb Instructions Online

Suspect reportedly mentioned Beto O'Rourke as a target

(Newser) - Federal authorities said Monday that they charged a US Army soldier with sharing bomb-making instructions online, and that he discussed bombing an unidentified media organization and killing left-leaning activists. Jarrett William Smith, 24, a private first class from South Carolina stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, was arrested Saturday, the AP...

After Beto's AR-15 Pledge, He Sees a 'Death Threat'

Texas lawmaker tweets that 'my AR is ready for you,' and Twitter removes it

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke delivered one of the most talked-about lines of Thursday night's debate when he declared , "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47." Now a Texas lawmaker is in the spotlight for his response, reports CBS News . "My AR is ready...

After Mass Shooting, O'Rourke Campaign Hawks 'F-ed Up' T-Shirts

Proceeds will benefit anti-gun violence groups

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke denounced gun violence in no uncertain terms after Saturday's mass shooting in his home state—and his campaign has now put those words on a T-shirt. The Democratic presidential candidate repeatedly described the massacre in Odessa, Texas, and the "epidemic of gun violence in America"...

New Poll Is Bad News for Kamala Harris

She drops 12 points in CNN poll from surge after first debate

(Newser) - Joe Biden has bounced back from his debate squabble with Kamala Harris, who is now floundering, according to a new CNN poll. With the support of 29% of potential Democratic voters, up 7 points since late June, Biden regains a double-digit lead over Bernie Sanders (15%) and Elizabeth Warren (14%),...

Pressed Again on Senate Run, Beto Gives an Answer

It's a no, because 'I'm taking this fight directly to Donald Trump'

(Newser) - Last weekend, the Houston Chronicle editorial board made an impassioned plea to Beto O'Rourke: "Beto, come home. Texas needs you." The opinion piece implored the 2020 presidential candidate to drop out of his current race and make a Senate run in his home state, as he did...

Beto Rejoins the Race, With New, Trump-Centric Strategy

O'Rourke says he'll now frame his White House bid as a battle against the president

(Newser) - Democrat Beto O'Rourke rejoined the presidential race on Thursday following a nearly two-week pause—using a speech in his Texas hometown where a mass shooting killed 22 people to overhaul his White House bid and argue that President Trump is morally unfit for a second term. The former congressman...

Houston Newspaper Makes a Plea to Beto

Drop out of presidential race and run for Senate in Texas, suggests the 'Chronicle'

(Newser) - The editorial board of the Houston Chronicle likes Beto O'Rourke. Which is why the editors are asking O'Rourke to scrap his presidential candidacy—and run for the Senate in Texas instead. In their editorial , the editors take note of the moment last week when O'Rourke went off-script...

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