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Thu Apr 18, 2019, 07:17 PM

O'Rourke on Trump in Derry: 'Not the best defense of tyranny'

DERRY — In his second visit to New Hampshire since March, Beto O’Rourke said at a town hall meeting Thursday that it’s up to all Americans to work for change.

The Texas Democrat and former congressman running for President spoke to a crowd of close to 100 people at the Grind Rail Trail Cafe in Derry for about 20 minutes, covering a range of issues, before taking questions from the audience.

“Something I’m learning in my old age of 46 years is that there is an inertia to power,” O’Rourke said. “There is not an inertia to change.”

He said he used to believe things like increased justice, and expansion of rights and opportunities, came inexorably through the passage of time. Now, he said he believes people have to act to make those things possible.

Read more: https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/local/o-rourke-on-trump-in-derry-not-the-best-defense/article_44bc7742-4c70-5f31-92d6-af1f5efebc17.html

Transcript from WMUR:

>> WE CALLED FOR AN END TO THE WAR ON DRUGS. >> THERE’S NO QUESTION BETO O’ROURKE CAN COMMAND THE ATTENTION OF A FULL ROOM OR PACK A CROWD INTO A NEW HAMPSHIRE SMALL BUSINESS. THE TASK AHEAD FOR THE FORMER TEXAS CONGRESSMAN IS CONVERTING THAT ENERGY INTO AN ORGANIZATION TO SUPPORT HIS BID TO WIN THE FIRST IN THE NATION PRIMARY. >> WE’VE BEEN REALLY LUCKY, THE VOLUNTEERS WHO’VE STEPPED UP TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN, THE PEOPLE WE’VE JUST MET IN DERRY EARLIER TODAY, THE PEOPLE IN MANCHESTER A LITTLE WHILE AGO, THAT WE’LL SEE IN CONCORD, AND THEN LATER TONIGHT IN NASHUA, WHO ARE ALL LISTENING, TAKING THEIR RESPONSIBILITY AS THE FIRST PRIMARY STATE VERY SERIOUSLY. >> O’ROURKE WAS ON THE TRAIL AS HEADLINES FROM THE RELEASE OF THE REDACTED MUELLER REPORT CAPTIVATED WASHINGTON. HE SAYS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THE TRUTH. >> ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THIS COUNTRY IS THAT NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. >> NEW HAMPSHIRE IS ONE BIG CROWDED NEIGHBORHOOD OF CANDIDATES THESE DAYS. ENGAGED VOTERS HAVE SEEN A FEW OF THEM, AND ARE EAGER TO SEE MORE. >> THEY’RE ALL VERY DIFFERENT. SENATOR WARREN IS ALL ABOUT THE FIGHT, AND I LIKE THAT, BUT I WONDER IF BETO’S MESSAGE OF COMING TOGETHER IS MORE OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR. >> ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME NOW IS THAT WE ARE AMERICANS FIRST BEFORE WE ARE ANYTHING ELSE. >> O’ROURKE IS CLOSING OUT HIS CAMPAIGN DAY WITH A TOWN HALL AT NASHUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. HE’LL WRAP UP HIS TRIP TOMORROW WITH AN EVENT IN SOMERSWORTH. LIVE IN THE STUDIO, ADAM SEXTON, WMUR N


https://www.wmur.com/article/o-rourke-meets-with-voters-in-nh/27199828

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