Beto O'Rourke Begins Democratic Debate by Dodging Question While Speaking Spanish


Former Texas congressman and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke answered his first question of the Democratic debate Wednesday in Spanish.

Well, it might be more accurate to say he provided a response in Spanish, because it sure didn’t sound like O’Rourke answered the question.

As Bloomberg noted, O’Rourke was asked if he would support a 70 percent marginal tax rate on individuals earning more than $10 million a year if elected president.

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“This economy has got to work for everyone,” O’Rourke replied. “And right now we know that it isn’t. And it’s going to take all of us coming together to make sure that it does.”

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O’Rourke went on to decry an economy that is “rigged to corporations and to the very wealthiest.”

The former Texas representative also gave a similar response in Spanish.

Notably, he did not say whether or not he would support a 70 percent marginal tax rate on those who earn more than $10 per year.

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As O’Rourke failed to answer the question in Spanish, Sen. Cory Booker’s facial expression said it all:

According to Bloomberg, O’Rourke did express support for a 28 percent corporate tax rate, though he did not really comment on the 70 percent marginal tax rate issue.

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“I’ll give you 10 seconds to answer if you want to answer the direct question,” a moderator prodded.

It didn’t work.

After being pressed on the issue, he said, “I would support a tax rate and a tax code that is fair to everyone.”

Many pundits were not impressed with O’Rourke’s non-answer.

“Beto O’Rourke: Not only will I not answer your question, I will not answer it in Spanish!” Reason editor Robby Soave tweeted, summing up O’Rourke’s response.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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