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In 2020 Trump is running on Immigration and the border. Who is best able to beat him on that issue?

That's one of the most important questions Democrats need to ask themselves.
Trump is a one trick pony, and the border and immigration is his only trick.
There is one candidate that has spent the majority of their lives in a border town.
That candidate understand exactly what the truth at the border is.
That candidate understands the cause and effect of Trump's proposals.
That candidate is brilliant unscripted and can give incredible answers on the fly.
That candidate will decimate Trump in a debate where the focus WILL be the border and immigration.
That candidate stands a very good chance of turning Texas blue.
If Texas goes blue Trump loses, period.
If Republicans have to fight hard to try to hold onto Texas they have less time and money to spend in the rust belt.

Just some food for thought...

Beto O'Rourke at SC African American History Memorial w/Min. Ldr. Rutherford(video)

This is an incredible video from facebook. I love the way Beto takes the time to listen and learn everywhere he goes.


Beto O'Rourke extended interview coming up next on CNN Axe Files!

It's an hour long interview that looks to have been done on the border.

Just wanted to make sure people who are interested gets to catch it!

Beto gets SC State Rep. Marvin Pendarvis endorsement on live stream

They were driving to the march for the 50th Anniversary of the MUSC Hospital Strike where he met and spoke with Vera Smalls-Singleton, Louise Brown and the families of the 12 hospital workers fired from MUSC Hospital for fighting for equality and civil rights.

These car ride live stream conversations are awesome! He should be doing a livestream event any minute on facebook, if it hasn't started already. There are many great videos on his facebook page.


Some photos from the march are in the below tweet (sorry for any wonky formatting, I'm still a newb at posting tweets):

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Marching together on the 50th Anniversary of the MUSC Hospital Strike. Not only a reminder of the heroic women who led the civil rights movement & forced the necessary change in our country but a commitment to doing the work ahead to secure equity, justice & civil rights for all. <a href="https://t.co/OZ89kCcSub">pic.twitter.com/OZ89kCcSub</a></p>— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) <a href="https://twitter.com/BetoORourke/status/1117134554253398016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 13, 2019</a></blockquote>
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Beto speaking about Trump's tweet inciting violence against Rep. Omar, immigrants, child separation

This is absolutely incredible...he is such a passionate speaker.


Beto town hall in Bluffton,SC with Q & A on uniting behind nominee, guns, education, Israel, etc.

He is so classy and humble...picture quality isn't great at larger sizes but the audio is good. Some great questions were asked, too.


Excellent response to a question about uniting behind the eventual nominee is at around the 25:00 mark....but the entire speech is good and worth a listen.

Charisma in Presidential Elections...when has the candidate with less charisma won the White House?

Keep in mind that charisma can be both positive and negative.

Charisma elicits a powerful reaction. It inspires the kind of emotion, energy and dedication that wins elections. Obama has hopeful, positive charisma. Trump has negative, fear and hate fueled charisma.

Obama's kind of charisma not only wins elections...it wins re-elections and can defeat the negative charisma.
Trump's kind of charisma, angry, negative charisma...can be defeated with positive, hopeful charisma...something to believe in, a unifying source.

Democrats must NOT ignore this, no matter how much they may love a candidate. If the nominee does not have positive charisma and the ability to inspire hope and unity and rise above the angry rhetoric and attacks then Trump will be re-elected.

Looking back as far as 1980...the candidate with the best/most charisma has won EVERY single presidential election, no exceptions.

Democrats must get this right.

Editing to add an article that probably does a better job explaining what I'm trying to say. I am not familiar with this source but I clicked around and didn't find any obvious partisan slant, so I hope it is balanced. I'm using it more to remind people of the candidates during those races.


An excerpt:

"Consider these nine elections:

In 1980, the more charismatic Ronald Reagan defeated dour incumbent Jimmy Carter.

In 1984, Reagan crushed Walter Mondale.

In 1988, George H.W. Bush—never accused of being the most charismatic man in the room—defeated an even less charismatic Michael Dukakis.

In 1992, the super-charismatic Bill Clinton defeated the more patrician George H.W. Bush. He was re-elected in 1996 by beating Bob Dole, a candidate fond of asking crankily, “Where’s the outrage?”

In 2000, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore. Although that election was contested, I’d argue that Bush’s edge in charisma allowed the race to be that close in the first place. And in 2004, Bush won re-election by beating the more patrician John Kerry.

In 2008, Barack Obama beat John McCain, who almost defined the word “cranky.”

And in last night’s Election 2012, Obama won re-election by beating the less charismatic—and yes, more patrician—Mitt Romney."

Beto interview w/specifics on Climate change/Green New Deal and Student debt/Free Community College

I know a lot of people voiced concern due to him not having as many specifics when he first announced but after travelling and talking to voters he has started to talk more about specifics. In this interview he talks about the Green New Deal, what he would do to address climate change, rising college costs, free community college and other education related issues. This interview was done in Iowa a few days ago. There are some great videos on his facebook page too for anyone interested in hearing how he answers tough questions.

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