The media phenomenon Beto O’rourke, whose nomination the White House has shaken this week by the democratic primary, has raked off for three days in the rural Iowa, hammering out its priorities clearly marked to the left while claiming to be “capitalist”.
“Do you consider yourself a socialist?”
Sensitive, as the term “socialist” vehicle in the United States a negative connotation, the question he was asked Friday morning by a man who came to listen to in a cafe in Mount Pleasant, peaceful small town in southeast Iowa.
Standing on the counter, sleeves rolled up, Beto O’rourke did not show. “I consider that I am a capitalist,” replied without hesitation the Texan for 46 years, highlighting the “small company” hi-tech that he had launched in his home in El Paso, at the end of the 1990s.
Born into a wealthy family and married to the daughter of a real estate magnate, the former entrepreneur judge, however, the current “capitalist economy” american “is clearly imperfect, unfair, unjust, and racist”.
His nice face, his casual attire and his unlikely gesture he had earned in the fall, during his campaign for the Senate, the media attention and the support of numerous celebrities, first and foremost, the singer Beyoncé, basketball player LeBron James, or the actor Jim Carrey.
Beaten a short head in November by republican Ted Cruz in a Texas historically conservative, the former punk-rocker seemed to be reluctant to get in the race to the White House for 2020.
Despite his relative inexperience in politics, he has finally taken the plunge, and the announcement of his candidacy this week in a video oddly conformist for this great follower of social networks, opens up new prospects among a record number of applicants-democrats to the succession of Donald Trump.
– Health, immigration, climate –
Much more in the center than the seventy-year-old Bernie Sanders, socialist self-proclaimed, or that senator Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’rourke is closer to that of the former vice-president of Barack Obama and a favorite of the polls, Joe Biden, who, at 76 years of age, has still a suspense facade around his candidacy.
Thirty years her junior, the Texan has often voted with republicans during his six years (2013 to 2019) in the House of representatives. But this pragmatic sketched during the first three days of the field campaign in Iowa, the first State to vote during the primaries, as early as February 2020, the outlines of a program rooted at the left on many points.
Without ever mentioning the wall, as desired by the president, Donald Trump, the native of El Paso, a border town with Mexico, immigration and the regularization of thousands of undocumented migrants, as one of its priorities, alongside the implementation of universal health coverage and the fight against climate change –“the challenge of our generation”.
Other promises: a minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, the systematic control of history for any sale of a firearm and a vast reform of the justice system.
Man of consensus, beyond the barriers-political, Beto O’rourke has referred to Donald Trump during the many events intimate in Iowa in order to denounce the “rhetoric” dangerous according to him.
Appearance accessible and natural, it wants to rather than “kindness, decency, and respect (…) are reflected in our politics, our democracy and our governance.”
A message resolutely positive troubled as soon as Friday by a first controversy of a violent fiction written at fifteen years old, when he belonged to a group of hackers, pioneers of the genre in the 1980s, the “Cult of the Dead Cow”.
“I am mortified to read this today, incredibly embarrassed but I have to take what I have written,” profusely apologized for the former teen rebel, who wrote at the time (under a pseudonym) very far away from the image of the father of a family model that is displayed today: “Psychedelic Warlord”, the war chief of the psychedelic.