101 Facts About Beto O'Rourke

1. Beto O'Rourke raised the issues of development and safety of El Paso City.

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2. Beto O'Rourke passes the prosecution off as a "mistake"; it's been covered, move along, nothing to see here.

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3. Beto O'Rourke told CNN that his parents referred to him as Beto "from day one", and that it "just stuck.

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4. Beto O'Rourke told Oprah that he wasn't sure why he lost and that he still believes he could've beaten Cruz in their election, which O'Rourke ended up losing by about 1.5 points.

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5. Beto O'Rourke was sleeping on a futon in a Manhattan apartment's maid's quarters, working as a nanny.

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6. Beto O'Rourke still appears among the top-tier contenders, but political momentum is a mysterious commodity.

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7. On Tuesday, a freshly shaven Beto O'Rourke offered his first semi-concrete answer: he will announce whether he is running for president by the end of the month.

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8. Beto O'Rourke passes the prosecution off as a "mistake"; it's been covered, move along, nothing to see here.

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9. Beto O'Rourke told CNN that his parents referred to him as Beto "from day one", and that it "just stuck.

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10. From this post, it's clear that Beto O'Rourke has a beard now.

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11. Beto O'Rourke was arrested for driving while intoxicated after a car crash on September 27, 1998 at 3:00 AM on Interstate 10 in Anthony, Texas.

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12. Beto O'Rourke is traveling to every part of Texas to meet with Texans in their communities.

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13. Beto O'Rourke has made it a priority to host monthly town halls in El Paso to hear directly from his constituents.

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14. Beto O'Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan, born and raised in El Paso.

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15. In 2017, Melissa Beto O'Rourke announced that she intended to close down the business but denied the decision was connected to her son's US Senate campaign or the 2010 conviction.

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16. Beto O'Rourke passes the prosecution off as a "mistake"; it's been covered, move along, nothing to see here.

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17. Around the time Beto O'Rourke announced as a senate candidate, the business was shuttered and its records became unavailable.

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18. Beto O'Rourke alerted the House Ethics Committee that he might have violated a new law restricting members of Congress from engaging in certain stock transactions.

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19. Beto O'Rourke recorded a 0.136 and 0.134 on police breathalyzers, above a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, the state legal limit at the time.

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20. Beto O'Rourke was arrested for driving while intoxicated on 27 September 1998, the day after his 26th birthday.

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21. Beto O'Rourke told CNN that his parents referred to him as Beto "from day one", and that it "just stuck.

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22. Beto O'Rourke writing about people asking if he is Beto O'Rourke might be the most Beto thing ever.

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23. Beto O'Rourke is breaking the mold by actively seeking it out.

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24. Beto O'Rourke mingled with the crowd and posed for photographs for about 20 minutes before being interviewed on stage by Richard Pineda, a communications professor at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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25. On Friday, Beto O'Rourke met a crowd of about 100 people in a modern co-working office space in downtown El Paso.

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26. Beto O'Rourke said any discussions that his former campaign advisers are having with potential operatives are not at his direction.

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27. Beto O'Rourke told POLITICO after a speaking engagement here that he has no timetable for making a decision, which he said could "potentially" be months away.

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28. Beto O'Rourke convinced Degliantoni to leave New York, where she'd been an editor at Spy magazine, to come to El Paso to get the print edition off the ground.

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29. Beto O'Rourke came within 2.6 percentage points of beating Cruz, a finish that gave Democrats hope that a Democrat is closer than ever to winning the party's first statewide win since 1994.

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30. Beto O'Rourke has not yet said whether he will run for president, and the effort to draft him remains much smaller than the unsuccessful campaign to draw Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race in 2016.

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31. Beto O'Rourke might not have a campaign yet, but he has a campaign-in-waiting.

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32. Beto O'Rourke has not yet said if he will run for president, and the effort to draft him remains far smaller than the unsuccessful campaign to draw Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race in 2016.

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33. Beto O'Rourke acknowledged that a career in music was not in the cards for the El Paso native.

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34. Beto O'Rourke sings "Blitzkrieg Bop" by the Ramones onstage with his former band, The Sheeps, wearing a tight onesie and sheep mask.

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35. Beto O'Rourke delivered the eulogy during the funeral service at St Patrick's Cathedral.

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36. Beto O'Rourke married Amy Hoover Sanders, the daughter of Louann and William Sanders, at her parents' ranch in Lamy, New Mexico, on September 24, 2005.

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37. Beto O'Rourke developed this idea from feedback from veterans at town hall meetings.

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38. Beto O'Rourke supports the football players who have taken part in the "Take a knee" protests.

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39. Beto O'Rourke supports the expansion of Medicaid and is a co-sponsor of the Medicare-X Choice Act of 2017.

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40. Beto O'Rourke supports stabilization of the insurance markets to improve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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41. Beto O'Rourke told the Dallas Voice that he called marriage equality a core civil rights issue during his House primary campaign.

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42. On March 7, 2018, Beto O'Rourke told Alisyn Camerota of CNN: "We have a great tradition and culture of gun ownership and gun safety for hunting, for sport, for self-defense.

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43. Ted Cruz asserted in 2018 that Beto O'Rourke wanted "open borders and wants to take our guns".

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44. Beto O'Rourke has criticized President Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigration, saying: "[Trump is] constantly stoking anxiety and fear about Mexicans, immigrants and the border with Mexico.

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45. Beto O'Rourke opposed Trump's decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which granted temporary stay to some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors.

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46. In July 2018, Beto O'Rourke said that Trump's performance while attending the 2018 Russia–United States summit in Helsinki warranted impeachment.

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47. Beto O'Rourke has introduced legislation to establish a national monument at Castner Range, near El Paso, and successfully included a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect the area, which includes a historic military training facility.

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48. Beto O'Rourke has advocated putting a price on carbon emissions and wants to substantially increase the use of renewable energy.

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49. Beto O'Rourke believes, "We must connect those out of work with the high value jobs being created right here in Texas by investing in the training, certification and apprenticeship programs that make it possible.

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50. Beto O'Rourke has sponsored bipartisan bills as well as broken with his party on issues like trade.

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51. Beto O'Rourke has repeatedly announced he has no intentions to run, telling MSNBC, "I will not be a candidate for president in 2020.

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52. Beto O'Rourke raised $2 million within the first three months, mostly from small donations.

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53. Beto O'Rourke encouraged supporters to post selfies they had taken with him to social media.

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54. Beto O'Rourke posted to social media daily, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and livestreamed his activities traveling the state, such as skateboarding in a Whataburger parking lot, washing clothes at a laundromat, and "blockwalking" in his constituents' neighborhoods.

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55. Beto O'Rourke said he planned to run a positive campaign, not focused on Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.

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56. Beto O'Rourke campaigned in all of Texas's 254 counties, sometimes drawing large crowds and sometimes speaking to as few as 15 or 20 people.

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57. On March 31, 2017, Beto O'Rourke formally announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat held by incumbent Republican Ted Cruz.

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58. Beto O'Rourke gave up his congressional seat to run for Senate in 2018.

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59. Beto O'Rourke was one of six members of Congress who took a six-day trip to Israel that included meetings with Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators, political leaders and residents.

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60. In November 2014, Beto O'Rourke opposed Obama's deferred action policy that used an executive action to bypass Congress in order to spare approximately 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying "the motive is noble, but the means are really hard to stomach.

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61. Beto O'Rourke co-sponsored the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which was enacted in 2014.

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62. Beto O'Rourke defeated his Republican opponent, Barbara Carrasco, in the general election with 65 percent of the vote.

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63. Beto O'Rourke was contrasted with Reyes in his support for LGBT rights and drug liberalization.

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64. Beto O'Rourke won 50.5 percent of the vote, just a few hundred votes above the threshold required to avoid a runoff against Reyes.

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65. Beto O'Rourke said, "I hope it has all had its intended effect of starting the national discussion of the wisdom of the War on Drugs.

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66. In January 2009, Beto O'Rourke sponsored a resolution calling for "comprehensive examination" of the War on Drugs and "the repeal of ineffective marijuana laws".

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67. Beto O'Rourke responded with an on-foot campaign to residents of the neighborhood and was met with a mix of support and cynicism.

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68. Beto O'Rourke played drums in the band Swedes, who released an album called Summer in 1995.

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69. Beto O'Rourke delivered the eulogy during the funeral service at El Paso's St Patrick's Cathedral.

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70. On September 27, 1998, at 3:00 AM, Beto O'Rourke was arrested for driving while intoxicated after crashing on Interstate 10 in Anthony, Texas.

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71. Beto O'Rourke graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature.

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72. Beto O'Rourke was the 2018 Democratic nominee for the Texas Senate race, which he lost to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

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73. Beto O'Rourke met during a chance encounter at a Texas airport this week, where the two reportedly exchanged kind words and discussed how they could "move forward.

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74. Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke entered Congress at the same time—here's what they have accomplished.

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75. Beto O'Rourke has some free time on his hands after last week's tough Senate loss to Ted Cruz.

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76. Beto O'Rourke lost his election, but he's getting the most presidential buzz.

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77. Beto O'Rourke exposed a blue spine in Texas politics that could remake the state's congressional delegation and affect President Donald Trump's re-election prospects in 2020.

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78. Beto O'Rourke is leaving the door open to run for president.

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79. Beto O'Rourke places third in new poll of 2020 Democratic hopefuls, prepares to light more money on fire.

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80. Beto O'Rourke cutting steak on Instagram is making people horny.

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81. Beto O'Rourke loses his Senate race, he is still a winner.

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82. Beto O'Rourke has not responded to the support for a 2020 presidential bid since his loss.

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83. Beto O'Rourke drops f-bomb on live TV, thanks supporters in fiery concession speech.

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84. Beto O'Rourke battles Ted Cruz to a standstill in early Texas voting.

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85. Beto O'Rourke is not in a punk band anymore, but he's still pretty punk rock.

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86. Beto O'Rourke made no attempt to disguise his extremism during the campaign.

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87. Beto O'Rourke fought during the Senate race over who was more Texan.

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88. Beto O'Rourke told CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday ahead of the race with Cruz that he wasn't going to.

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89. Beto O'Rourke sparked a movement in Texas this year that lit the state's Democratic Party on fire.

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90. Beto O'Rourke ended his concession speech Tuesday night after defeat to Texas Senator Ted Cruz with an opening.

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91. Beto O'Rourke returns on eve of Election Day: 'El Paso, I love you more than I can say'.

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92. Beto O'Rourke says Texas is ready to deliver the political world a big surprise.

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93. Beto O'Rourke hopes for political surprise, holds final rally in El Paso.

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94. Beto O'Rourke keeps pressure on Ted Cruz in Senate race's final hours.

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95. Beto O'Rourke signs a poster for Kristian Chen, from Lubbock, during a campaign stop in Lubbock in 2017.

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96. Beto O'Rourke gives a speech from the bed of a pickup Monday, Oct 29, 2018, at Kiwanis Park in Wichita Falls.

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97. Beto O'Rourke is behind by 6.5 percent in the latest RealClearPolitics average of all polls in the race for junior US Senator from Texas, but some polls have drawn closer.

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98. Beto O'Rourke is an American politician who has been considered by many political analysts as one of the brightest emerging Democratic leaders.

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99. Beto O'Rourke has met with voters at nine polling locations throughout Bexar.

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100. Beto O'Rourke visiting San Antonio for last public event before election night.

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101. Beto O'Rourke has painted Republican incumbent Ted Cruz as a senator whose national ambitions have distracted him from his Texas duties.

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