In addition to being an amazing speaker, rallying crowds and inspiring hope, the world found out on Thursday that Beto O’Rourke is also an excellent writer. Describing a run through the cold and snow in a blog post on Medium, O’Rourke sounded like a man ready to run for the presidency.
‘There were in some places no tracks, mine were the first footprints down in the new snow. At other points I’d see someone walking in front of me, once another runner (“only the crazies come out today!” he said).’
Beto O’Rourke has officially been invited to the democratic Iowa caucus in Des Moines, Iowa. This means he is officially being backed as a democratic candidate for presidency in 2020. It’s been real Bernie but we gotta get younger pal. #betonbeto2020
— B Wise (@BraydenThomasW1) November 15, 2018
News also broke on Thursday that O’Rourke has been invited to Iowa to meet with the Iowa Democratic Iowa caucus, causing many to speculate whether that means he will be a contender for the presidency in 2020 to challenge Donald Trump.
His blog post was inspiring in its reverence for the capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.
‘I walked over to the north wall and read Lincoln’s second inaugural address. My body warm, blood flowing through me, moving my legs as I read, the words so present in a way that I can’t describe or explain except that I’m so much more alive in the middle of a run, and so are the words I was reading.’
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O’Rourke said that he met a man who wanted to shake his hand and who said he was sorry he wasn’t able to vote for O’Rourke since he’s from Massachusetts, not Texas. The new Democratic star answered, “that’s ok, we love Massachusetts too!”
He then continued his run.
‘The words, describing the country in the midst of Civil War. The reasons for the war. Slavery. The masterful, humble invocation of God. Acknowledging that both sides invoke his name and saying of the South: “It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.”’
@BetoORourke drops F-bomb in raucous concession speech – and it was the most genuine political moment since @GovHowardDean in #Iowa. We NEED more folks like them in office. https://t.co/mVFyLU0sCX
— Peter Sharma III (@An_Oracle) November 7, 2018
The former contender for Senate who came surprisingly close in the ruby-red state of Texas to beating Ted Cruz explained his philosophy on politics to Vanity Fair, which made clear why he has become so well-liked, exciting Democrats all over the country.
A question from reader Sam Early in Iowa: Caucus season starts today. When can I expect Beto O’Rourke to open a campaign office in Des Moine… https://t.co/kx6Uzf2RyH
— Jim Webb 2020 (@123punditry) November 6, 2018
‘I am so sick of the stuff that’s been made safe for politics. It’s so bad. It has no impact. It doesn’t register. It doesn’t excite me. I want to do what excites me. That’s my goal at least.’
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