Beto O'Rourke Makes Stop at UVA, Discusses Importance of Young Voters
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke is hard at work in an effort to garner support from some of the country's youngest voters.
On Tuesday, April 16, the Texas Democrat made his way all throughout the commonwealth and ended the night with a stop at the University of Virginia.
The outpouring of support for the former congressman was massive on Tuesday night.
In fact, he gave two separate speeches in two different spaces within University of Virginia’s Nau Hall because so many students showed up to hear him share his views on hot-button topics like climate change, gun control, and health care.
“I wouldn't vote either if no one showed up and listened to me,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke spent Tuesday night encouraging hundreds of UVA students to cast ballots in 2020.
“This cannot be one person running for president, or one political party, it’s got to be all of us and we have our work cut out for us because we are the most divided, the most polarized, the most partisan, we have ever been, at least in my lifetime,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke educated the audience about his plans to introduce universal health care, criminal justice reform, changes to the immigration system, and stricter gun control.
“It’s gun violence that claims more than 30,000 lives in this country, and no other country on the face of the planet comes even close,” O’Rourke said.
The democratic presidential hopeful also hashed out his plans to mitigate climate change.
“We have little more than a decade within which to act to keep this planet from warming yet another degree Celsius, or even more,” O’Rourke said.
The three-term congressman presented plans for what he calls the "Equality Act," which is a pledge from him to protect the rights of all Americans regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, or any other defining characteristic.
“If we want to ensure that every single one of us lives to our full potential, we must also ensure and guarantee the full civil rights of every American,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke also made stops in Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, and Richmond on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, he will make his way up to Northern Virginia, making a few stops before ending in Alexandria.