Just a month ago, the media was swooning over Beto O’Rourke and hyping him as the next big thing. But the situation is already shifting and we don’t hear about him as much anymore.
Young voters don’t seem very impressed with Beto either, if the person quoted below is any indication.
The Associated Press reports:
2020 candidates target college campuses, court young voters
O’Rourke and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, are among the youngest candidates in the field, and hundreds of students showed up at O’Rourke’s rallies on the campuses of Iowa State and Grinnell College this past week.
And Sen. Bernie Sanders’ improbable 2016 success was driven in part by enthusiasm from young people, a fact the Vermont independent touts at his rallies.
But in nearly two dozen interviews at a handful of O’Rourke and Sanders events last week, it was clear that Iowa’s young voters aren’t a monolithic voting bloc. Candidates ranging from former Vice President Joe Biden to entrepreneur Andrew Yang came up as top picks.
Eli Shapiro, an 18-year-old Grinnell freshman, said he was a fan of Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota because she’s shown an ability to work across the aisle. He wasn’t impressed by O’Rourke.
“He’s soft like a cheesecake. When you ask him ‘What do you think about taxes?’ he’ll just give you the most generic answer,” he said.
He is rather squishy on some issues.
As the Texas Tribune reports:
Amid presidential campaign, Beto O’Rourke flips positions on a 2016 offshore drilling vote
Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke has reversed positions on a controversial vote he cast on offshore drilling in 2016.
The vote, called “anti-environment” by the League of Conservation Voters, left the door open to using federal money to study oil and gas exploration in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, where offshore drilling is mostly off limits.
The current ban has bipartisan support in the battleground state of Florida, and prominent members of both parties oppose drilling in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of states like South Carolina, which holds a crucial early presidential primary next year.
The O’Rourke campaign told The Texas Tribune Friday that the newly minted 2020 hopeful had a change of heart about his 2016 vote after traveling the country and talking to voters. Beto for America spokesman Chris Evans said O’Rourke’s vote — opposing Democratic attempts to cut off money to investigate drilling in the eastern Gulf — was all about trying to “get off of our foreign reliance on resources in oil and gas that has caused so much foreign wars and American lives and troops and resources.”
Beto is an empty suit. That will become more apparent as the 2020 campaign goes on.