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Split ideology: Beto O'Rourke is in liberal, centrist lanes

10 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago Wednesday, March 20 2019 Mar 20, 2019 March 20, 2019 12:25 PM March 20, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - In a primary that's defined by progressive energy, presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke is trying to avoid definition.

He left a distinctly moderate record behind in Congress, and early in his campaign has vowed to work with Republicans and woo voters who backed Donald Trump in 2016.

But he's also hit progressive talking points on everything from white privilege to marijuana legalization.

That could leave Democrats with the impression that O'Rourke is a candidate with a split political personality.

The architects of his campaign insist he's not interested in adhering to a particular ideology. Backers say he should toggle between liberal and moderate positions depending on the topic.

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