O’Rourke Sang a Different Tune on ‘Extravagant’ Government Spending While Hitting the 2012 Campaign Trail

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Beto O’Rourke is running on a progressive platform for his 2020 campaign but during his 2012 congressional race, he ran against “extravagant” spending in the government.

According to a report by CNN, O’Rourke’s interviews and debates showed a different platform than the one that the lawmaker is currently campaigning with. In one debate, O’Rourke lamented about the size of the national debt and the lack of answers on how it would be addressed.

“This is precisely why people are so frustrated with Congress right now and why it has the lowest approval rating in US history,” O’Rourke said. “The question was, ‘We have an out of control debt, where would you cut?’ I don’t know if anyone heard an answer.”

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While he was in favor of raising taxes in 2012, O’Rourke was also for cutting government spending.

“That means that we had to look at where the revenues were coming in from,” said O’Rourke. “That means we had to look at what programs we were going to cut and what programs we’re going to keep.”

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In another past interview, O’Rourke worried about the possibility of getting the national debt under control:

“Are cuts important over the long term? Absolutely. You have kids, I have kids, as we have, as our kids have kids, their ability and options and opportunities in life are going to be significantly curtailed if we don’t get our national debt under control because every dollar they pay in, in taxes is going to go right out to China or to someone else who’s financing our extravagant government.”

2020 O’Rourke, however, has been singing a very different tune on spending, signaling support for high-cost social programs, such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.

As IJR Red reported, Medicare for All alone could cost taxpayers $32 trillion. Additionally, the Green New Deal’s potential price tag comes in at a whopping $93 — nearly three times what the United States spent on several wars and the moon landing combined, as IJR Red noted.


  1. Bozo O’Rourke is surely trying to convince folks he’s not talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and telling them what he thinks they want him to say. It’s hilarious that he criticizes Congress now as a former Congressman. Interpretation: “I contributed; but, I’m no longer part of the problem”.

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