Beto O’Rourke may not be one of the top-polling candidates in the 2020 presidential primary, but at the third Democratic debate on Thursday, he did have one of the best and most moving answers on what has become one of the central issues of his White House bid: gun control.
The former Texas congressman and US Senate candidate has turned his focus to gun violence in recent weeks in the wake of a mass shooting at a Walmart in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, in August. At Thursday’s debate, multiple candidates commended his focus on the issue — and O’Rourke delivered one of his strongest responses of the evening on it as well when asked whether he would institute a national gun buyback program in America.
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he said. “We’re not going to let it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”
O’Rourke isn’t the only candidate who had a good moment on Thursday. From Elizabeth Warren on the true costs of health care, to Andrew Yang on his family’s immigration story, here are some of the most substantive and significant responses from the evening.
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