In a statement to the Huffington Post, Beto O’Rourke announced his support for a Green New Deal.
Beto O’Rourke is the latest potential 2020 presidential candidate to get behind a Green New Deal.
In a statement to HuffPost, a spokesman for O’Rourke, whose high-profile bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) propelled the former House Democrat from Texas onto the national stage last year, said he is “supportive of the concept” of a Green New Deal and “how it invests in green jobs.”
“[He] is looking forward to engaging more on the issue as it continues to develop,” Chris Evans, a spokesman for O’Rourke, said by email Friday. “As he mentioned while traveling to every county across Texas during his senate campaign, he’s proud to come from a renewable energy producing state that is number one in wind power production, number one in wind power jobs and number one in solar energy potential.”
This gives us a first look at how a Beto O’Rourke 2020 run might look. This idea of a Green New Deal is certainly a part of the far-left wing of the party. Democrat newcomer Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez has been one of the loudest champions of it and even called for a 70% Tax Rate on Top Earners.