Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Updated 9:13 pm PDT, Monday, August 5, 2019 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke walks next to his wife Amy Hoover Sanders and Rep. Veronica Escobar Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, during a silent march holding sunflowers in honor to the victims of a mass shooting occurred in Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (Lola Gomez/Austin American-Statesman via AP) less Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke walks next to his wife Amy Hoover Sanders and Rep. Veronica Escobar Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, during a silent march holding sunflowers in honor to the victims of a ... more Photo: Lola Gomez, AP Photo: Lola Gomez, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke walks next to his … [Read more...] about El Paso massacre puts freshman Rep. Escobar in consoler role
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Beto O'Rourke formallythrew his hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday. Here's some things you might not know about the native Texan: 1. MET WIFE ON A BLIND DATE O'Rourke met then-teacher Amy Hoover Sanders on a blind date in El Paso after being set up by friends. He took her across the border into Juarez, Mexico, for drinks. "It was a little bit of a test, to see if she was up for an adventure," he told the Washington Post in 2017. They got married 10 months later. 2. WORKED AS A NANNY After graduating from Columbia University, O'Rourke reportedly worked for a few months as a live-in nanny for a family on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He took several other temporary gigs, including as an art mover for a company called Hedley's Humpers. He later returned to El Paso, where he started his own media company, called Stanton Street. It helped build and maintain websites, and published an alt-weekly style paper. 3. POLITICS IN THE FAMILY O'Rourke's … [Read more...] about 10 things about Beto O’Rourke
By Jeremy Wallace Updated 6:06 am CDT, Thursday, March 14, 2019 (FILES) In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 Texas Senatorial Candidate Congressman Beto ORourke and his wife, Amy Hoover Sanders, are pictured in front of a campaign RV outside of Nixon Elementary School in El Paso, Texas. - Beto O'Rourke, the affable former congressman who rose to political stardom last year when he nearly ousted a Republican senator in traditionally conservative Texas, announced on March 14, 2019 he was running for the 2020 presidential race. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP)PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images less (FILES) In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 Texas Senatorial Candidate Congressman Beto ORourke and his wife, Amy Hoover Sanders, are pictured in front of a campaign RV outside of Nixon Elementary ... more Photo: PAUL RATJE, Contributor / AFP/Getty Images … [Read more...] about Who is Beto O’Rourke and how did he get here?
A few minutes of a viral video last year lifted Beto O’Rourke from well-known Senate candidate to potential presidential heavyweight. Now, his 2020 Democratic rivals are keenly aware that a single moment could launch them to the top tier of the primary — and they are making sure they’re ready to capture it. NowThis, a social-first media outlet that averaged 2.5 billion views last month, spliced up four minutes of O’Rourke explaining his support for Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling criminal justice protests during NFL games and delivered it to its largely progressive, millennial audience, reaching nearly 20 million views on Twitter alone and prompting a talk-show invite from Ellen DeGeneres. It was a watershed moment in O’Rourke’s rise to political stardom, expanding his national appeal to the point that his campaign raised over $200,000 online every single day until the election, something he’d done only a handful of times in the previous year … [Read more...] about 2020 hopefuls hunt for viral moments
opinion David Shribman Published 9:59 PM EST Jan 16, 2019 TWIN MOUNTAIN, N.H. When, 120 years ago, the New Hampshire poet Edna Dean Proctor saluted this state’s ‘’cliffs, her meads, her brooks afoam’’ and spoke elegiacally of the ‘’white-robed heights of its mountains,’’ she identified perhaps the mostly enduring characteristic of New Hampshire—its worship of the outside. And now, as the 2020 presidential campaign cranks to an opening in the state that holds the first primary of the political season, one major question persists: Will a state that extols the virtues of the outside embrace an insider for the White House? The question, like the two peaks for which this town nestled between Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch is named, has twin aspects: Will New Hampshire grant its Democratic National Convention delegates to an outsider or defer to custom and embrace a neighbor such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of … [Read more...] about Established politicians tend to win New Hampshire primary