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O’Rourke campaign faces questions regarding experience, accomplishments

Presidential campaigns bring serious challenges to the candidates and their staff and Beto O’Rourke will be facing serious scrutiny and as he seeks the 2020 nomination.

Some lines of questioning began Wednesday night as the first day of campaign came to a close.

O’Rourke started his second day of campaigning on CBS This Morning. Gayle King asked O’Rourke if it wouldn’t be better to have a candidate with more experience. Also on Friday, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had no clear answer when asked what O’Rourke’s standout achievements were.

“Preserving our planet and protecting our people: they’re at least two areas in addition to his vitality in so many other ways,” said Pelosi during a media briefing.

O’Rourke, for his part, maintains he has the experience needed to be president. “In the minority party for six years in congress, I was able to work with Republicans. I was even able to work with this administration to get legislation passed,” said O’Rourke, “We always worked together and we find our common purpose and common cause and then we get after it.”

O’Rourke’s own website is still in development, as ABC-7 reported Wednesday night. Jake Tapper of CNN noticed and pointed out an issues page with a detailed platform was missing.

“I couldn’t find any policies. I could not find anything about healthcare, anything about jobs, anything about energy policy,” said Tapper.

Although not a full platform, the campaign has released some stances in early emails.

A presidential campaign will bring a lot of scrutiny. Reuters reports O’Rourke is part of a longstanding hacktivist group, but it seems he didn’t write malicious code.

O’Rourke received some light ribbing from late night shows. “Well, I’m sort of like if a compassionate head nod turned into a person,” said comedian Jimmy Fallon while parodying the candidate’s announcement video using exaggerated hand gestures.

Not all critics will be as kind.

“This person is totally incompetent. He’s nothing more than a pretty boy,” Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News.

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