Failed Senate candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke officially announced he’s running for president Thursday morning. The man who lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believes he has the best chance of beating a crowded Democratic field and beating President Trump, who defeated Cruz last time around.
“I’m just born to do this,” Vanity Fair quoted him as saying in a cover story teased by a giant front-page photo of the man from El Paso.
Beto claimed to be running a grassroots campaign against Cruz, yet blew away fundraising records as the Hollywood left got involved in the Texas race. Getting $38 million in one quarter wasn’t enough to beat Cruz, though.
Now Beto appears to be drawing on star power instead of substance again, and that’s readily apparent with his new campaign website.
Aside from a form to sign up for an email list, placed next to a photo of a sweaty Beto, the incredibly small site features only a donate page and a page for buying merchandise with the giant words “BETO” plastered on them.
Jennifer Epstein, White House reporter for Bloomberg, pointed out the lack of policy on the site.
Others commented on that, too.
In his official video announcement, Beto did give a little bit of a hint of what he’s running on. Well, sort of.
Amidst all the buzzwords and liberal catchphrases, he seemed to be advocating for universal healthcare, open borders, no more climate change, and no more slavery.
But he appeared to be, for now, running mostly on the power of his smile and his vigorous hand gestures.