Beto O’Rourke announced his presidential campaign yesterday, but we have yet to get a definite answer from Joe Biden, although we expect him to run. If he does, Beto and Biden will be fighting for essentially the same Democratic electorate. Both candidates are “traditional, Irish, centrist, white male candidate who can appeal to blue-collar workers.” Though they have similarities, there are many factors that make them different.
Biden will be 78 during the 2020 election and has an extensive track record being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, the year that Beto O’Rourke was born. In comparison, Beto has only been in the House for three terms and served on the El Paso City Council for six years prior to that and he has little to nothing to show. Biden’s popularity sits primarily with older voters while O’Rourke has captured the attention of millennials. Each candidate will face their own dilemmas. During a time when sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement are so prevalent among Democratic voters, Biden is going to have to acknowledge his involvement during the Anita Hill hearing. O’Rourke, however, is going to have to convince voters that despite his bare political record, he is prepared and capable of governing.
Another issue that both candidates have in common is money and its source. Biden has been consistently backed by banks, credit card companies, and large corporations. O’Rourke was the second largest recipient of oil company money in Congress. Being that O’Rourke is saying that climate is one of the top issues for this election, he will need to make sure that he is not accepting large donations from any Oil and Gas executives. Both issues could put each candidate in a lot of trouble as we move further into the election.
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