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OpinionBeto O’Rourke may be running for president, but his dog is a better candidate

17:20  14 march  2019
17:20  14 march  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Beto O'Rourke heads to Iowa as all signs point to a 2020 run

Beto O'Rourke heads to Iowa as all signs point to a 2020 run The former Texas congressman is set to make his first trip to the early caucus state this weekend.

The failed Senate candidate announced he’s running for president Thursday morning, and just in time, the magazine profiled him in a glowing Getting the legendary portrait photographer to capture O ’ Rourke may have been a little bit much, but Leibovitz's talents were necessary to capture this pooch.

BURLINGTON, Iowa — Beto O ’ Rourke , the 46-year-old former Texas congressman whose near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, announced on Thursday that he was running for president , betting that a broad message of national unity and generational change will

Beto O’Rourke may be running for president, but his dog is a better candidate© Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc. Beto O'Rourke

There’s one real star of the Vanity Fair profile of Beto O’Rourke, and it’s not the Texas politician.

The failed Senate candidate announced he’s running for president Thursday morning, and just in time, the magazine profiled him in a glowing cover story.

Luckily, the piece does acknowledge his drunk driving arrest, which other media outlets have conveniently overlooked in the past, but that doesn’t make it levelheaded. Near the end of the piece, the author writes:

"O’Rourke can appear almost too innocent to be a politician—too decent, too wholesome, the very reason he became popular also the same reason he could be crucified on the national stage."

The politician with a crony capitalist background is certainly not too decent for the White House, but he has a dog who is.

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Former El Paso Congressman Beto O ' Rourke is joining an already-crowded 2020 Democratic primary field. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns, Texas Tribune editor-in-chief Emily Ramshaw and Democratic strategist Lynda Tran join CBSN with a look at the impact O ' Rourke may have on the race.

Beto O ' Rourke is running for president . But while O ' Rourke may have seemed to many like a dyed-in-the-wool liberal while he was running a strong Senate race against a former Republican presidential hopeful, his voting record in Congress more closely resembles that of Minnesota Sen.

The real star of the story is O’Rourke’s dog Artemis, who doesn’t even get a mention in the 8,000-word profile but who had plenty of photos taken by Annie Leibovitz.

Getting the legendary portrait photographer to capture O’Rourke may have been a little bit much, but Leibovitz's talents were necessary to capture this pooch. She — since the dog is named after the goddess of the hunt, I’m guessing it’s a she — is looking at the ground while O’Rourke plays music with his kids. She’s looking off into the middle distance with the family at Franklin Mountains State Park. And as O’Rourke and his son sit on the couch, she’s staring right into the camera, and also into the soul of America.

O’Rourke said this next election is the “fight of our lives” and he’s “born to be in it.” But, despite polling among the top 2020 contenders since his Senate loss last fall, he’s shown little evidence he has what it takes. If charisma and Twitter fawning are all it takes to win the presidency, Artemis may as well run instead.

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Jared Kushner's brother made last-minute donation to Beto O'Rourke Senate campaign.
Joshua Kushner donated $2,600 to the then-El Paso congressman, according to Open Secrets, as first reported by Axios. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); O'Rourke is now vying to challenge President Trump, Jared Kushner's boss, in the 2020 presidential election. O'Rourke launched his 2020 presidential campaign last week, just months after falling short in his effort to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

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