Jake Tapper Tries to Pin Down O’Rourke’s Immigration Plan — Asks ‘to Get a Straight Answer’

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CNN’s Jake Tapper pushed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to take a position on immigration after he attempted to avoid the question during an interview on Sunday.

Tapper brought up fellow Democratic candidate Julián Castro‘s calls “for the repeal of a law that makes it a crime to enter the United States illegally” and asked O’Rourke if he agreed. However, O’Rourke avoided directly answering the question, saying, “I don’t know” before vaguely suggesting it shouldn’t be repealed.

Tapper didn’t let O’Rourke avoid directly answering it, as he continued to press the candidate about his plan.

“Okay, but just to get a straight answer on it, it sounds to me like you think the law that makes it a crime to be in this country illegally, it sounds like you think that that should stay the law,” said Tapper.

O’Rourke again tried to avoid the question, saying in “the vast majority of cases” it should not be a crime.

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“But you disagree with, you disagree with Julián Castro, you don’t think that it should be repealed?” Tapper asked.

“Yeah, I’ve answered the question, I do not think that it should be repealed,” O’Rourke said, although his original answer was much less direct, before continuing to attempt to explain himself.

“I’m trying to get to the heart of the issue, which is if we treat people humanely, that we improve our security not through walls and through cages, but by making sure that those who are at their most vulnerable, who are trying to follow our asylum laws, are able to do that, and that we then rewrite this country’s immigration laws in our own image.”

As IJR Red reported, O’Rourke is part of a crowded field of 2020 Democratic candidates, with many trying to set themselves apart by supporting extremely progressive policies.

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Terry
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Terry

Sounds like an exact duplicate of a white-washed, side-stepping politician answer. Where all the words seem like something awesome but have no subject matter to the topic at hand and mean jack zippy. Those who are entering NOT at point of legal entry seeking asylum are never what any conversation of opposition is ever about. You’d have to be ignorant on the whole to think people are against legal points of entry for either asylum seekers or those wanting citizenship. But they must follow the laws of this land, just like every other country has, and await their processing turn.… Read more »

Kilr
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Kilr

I think Francis O’Rou,e is a low as, and has less credibility, than a snake. This man is a trainwreck waiting to happen, disingenuous to a FAULT, and would climb a tree to tell a lie when he could simply tell the truth standing on the ground. He will use doublespeak, dodge questions with inana answers that don’t even pertain to the question, and try to peddle himself off as a knowledgeable, caring, polite, experienced politician who knows everything that is wrong, (in his convoluted mind), and know how to fix them…He is uber liberal with the morals of an… Read more »

Screwtape
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Jake is wrong in trying to thumbtack jello to a wall, but at least he got a “measure” of Beta.

Beta–were he a smarter, better politician– would have had a better answer. Instead he fell back on garbled, meaningless phrases while acting like an adolescent boy caught doing something wrong. He clearly isn’t bright enough to think on his feet.

Between his skateboarding and his rock ambitions, Beta really is an overgrown adolescent.

FranC
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FranC

Blah blah blah. We don’t need a demented communist for president BYE BYE!

dr phil Anderson
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dr phil Anderson

The most difficult task facing O’Rourke is trying to sound intelligent while saying he has no idea what the most politically beneficial answer might be; it has always been his objective that he vote present as often as possible because he is incapable of a coherent answer to even questions like “is the sun shining?” What would he do when faced with a real decision? Take a poll and then ask if the results are correct? Leading from behind is called “following”.

rcranger
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rcranger

Good luck getting an intelligent, straight answer from any liberal politician.

connie lanzaro
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connie lanzaro

Jake looks like he’s suffering from indigestion.

Sherri
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Without a wall we will not stop the flow of illegals. True asylum seekers are few. This is a Soros/leftist op to flood our system with fraud voters. Period.

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