2 Days in Congress, 3 Trump Rejections

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Earlier of which week, we looked at Beto O’Rourke’s unorthodox path to the 2020 primary — the lonely road trips, the Kerouac-like blog posts — along with wondered how of which could have been perceived if he were a female candidate. right now of which he has officially entered the race, we wanted to share some responses of which we received of which week.

“I totally agree with you on the double standard for male/female candidates,” Judith wrote. “Beto O’Rourke is actually an egocentric along with most unappealing potential candidate — I wish he sinks slowly inside the west.”

“Who cares why Beto O’Rourke spent the last several months on the road? Any effect on his family is actually between him along with his family,” wrote Anne. She said her concern was with his policies (or lack thereof): “‘Not Ted Cruz’ along with ‘Not Donald Trump’ along with ‘although so many Texans like him’ aren’t sufficient reasons for me to make a decision about whether I’d want to trust him with running of which country.”

[Here’s a look at where Mr. O’Rourke stands on some of the biggest issues of the 2020 race.]

“Unless I completely miss my guess, Beto is actually a flash inside the pan,” Mina wrote. “Had there not been a Donald Trump, a crazy person, following Obama, a well-educated, amazing president, there could be no Beto having the audacity to think he could be president!”

“I don’t begrudge Beto’s unorthodox style of ‘campaigning’ along with don’t hold against him being male along with running for office in of which way,” wrote Karen, who described herself as a veteran political activist. “The one thing which Beto has of which no some other candidate who is actually running has is actually of which he is actually genuine along with speaks through his heart (not his head). Most of my friends are politicians or former politicians, along with no one is actually like Beto.”

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