- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 21, 2019

A student at Pennsylvania State University confronted Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke this week for giving potential voters “platitudes and nice stories” instead of solid policy proposals.

In a video flagged by the Republican National Committee, a female student received a round of boos at a campus meet and greet on Tuesday after she asked the former congressman why his official campaign website is still “mostly just platitudes and a merch store” one week after he announced his 2020 run.

“When am I going to get an actual policy from you instead of just platitudes and nice stories?” the student asked.

Mr. O’Rourke responded by saying he’s running his campaign on issues such as criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization and universal health care.

“I’m going to try to be as specific as I can,” he said. “I mentioned our criminal justice system. I’ve called for the end of the prohibition on marijuana and the expungement of the arrest records of everyone who’s been arrested for marijuana.

We talked about universal guaranteed high-quality health care,” he continued. “Two extraordinary women with whom I served in Congress — Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut — have introduced a proposal called ‘Medicare for America’ that ensures that if you have employer-based insurance, and you like it, you keep it, your doctors, your network, what works for you right now.

“If you don’t have insurance or you don’t like the insurance you already have, you enroll in Medicare,” he added.

Mr. O’Rourke acknowledged that the plan “costs a lot of money” and would be “measured in the trillions” but is still “a lot less expensive than taking care of people at the end of life who have never been treated in the first place.”

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