On Wednesday night, the first round of Democratic presidential primary candidates met on the debate stage to lay out their vision for America. The 10 candidates included Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) as well as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).
O’Rourke raised some eyebrows (especially Booker’s) when he opted to dive into a Spanish stump speech rather than answer a question about raising taxes.
Watch O’Rourke’s answer below:
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During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Rubio responded to O’Rourke’s confusing Spanish stunt by bashing Democrats as a whole for not having realistic answers to problems Americans face.
Watch Rubio’s comments:
“The problem is they didn’t have answers to real problems,” Rubio said. “They didn’t have an answer in English. They didn’t have an answer in Spanish.”
Rubio tied it back to the current battle on Capitol Hill over increasing humanitarian aid to the southern border. As IJR previously reported, the Senate put together a clean bill to provide funding to the border that passed through committee with only one vote against it.
The Democrat-controlled House had the opportunity to vote on the same bipartisan bill as the Senate, but instead, it drafted its own bill filled with riders that Republicans would never support. President Donald Trump made it clear he would veto the House bill if it somehow survived the Senate.
Rubio called out Democrats for not having realistic answers to the problem at the border during the debate or in Congress:
“You saw this tragic picture a couple days ago of a father and a daughter who drowned. It’s very sad what is happening, it’s terrible, but the solution to their problems is not that dangerous journey. These guys tell you they want to decriminalize crossing the border. They’re fighting us now on providing more money to take care of people that are already here. They don’t want to do anything about laws that are actually luring people here. But they don’t have any answers for how to fix it. They don’t have any answers for how to fix it. They don’t have it in English, they don’t have an answer in Spanish.”
On the Hill, House Democrats have until Thursday night to draft a bill that can get 60 votes in the Senate before they leave for a summer recess. On the debate stage, 10 more Democrats will have their chance to give real answers in the second round on Thursday night.