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Beto O'Rourke has a charitable way of describing AOC's gaffes: 'She's freed herself from fear'


And he still won't say if he's running for president

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says many things. Some of them don't make sense, some of them simply aren't true. While that may seem like a negative quality in a politician to some, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke sees it differently.

O'Rourke, in a Vanity Fair feature by Joe Hagan that continues to tease a potential 2020 presidential run, focused on the positive impact of Ocasio-Cortez's words, regardless of their accuracy.

"She does not seem to me to be afraid of making a mistake, or not saying it perfectly," O'Rourke said. "And in the process [she] says the most important — I think some of the most important — things anyone can be talking about right now, and she's freed herself from fear."

Is he running or not?

The question that O'Rourke continues to dance around and tease is whether he intends to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. And while the extensive Vanity Fair article covers a range of issues, including 2020, O'Rourke still doesn't fully commit to a run.

He comes close to saying he's running, but intentionally stops just short. From Vanity Fair:

Beto O'Rourke seems, in this moment, like a cliff diver trying to psych himself into the jump. And after playing coy all afternoon about whether he'll run, he finally can't deny the pull of his own gifts. "You can probably tell that I want to run," he finally confides, smiling. "I do. I think I'd be good at it."

"This is the fight of our lives," he continues, "not the fight-of-my-political-life kind of crap.

But, like, this is the fight of our lives as Americans, and as humans, I'd argue."

The more he talks, the more he likes the sound of what he's saying. "I want to be in it," he says, now leaning forward. "Man, I'm just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment."

(H/T The Hill)

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