Texas’ O’rourke Decries Failed War On Drugs

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke announcing his 2018 U.S. Senate run (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke has begun his longshot 2018 Senate run by praising immigrants, saying America draws strength from refugees and suggesting it’s time to “end this failed war on drugs.” The 44-year-old, third-term congressman told supporters Friday on a rooftop in his hometown of El Paso that he will support policies embracing people coming to the U.S. as immigrants or refugees. He promised to halt the “paranoia coming out of the White House.” O’Rourke has been a longtime critic of U.S. drug policy. On Friday he also criticized Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, saying the state needs a “senator working full-time for Texas” rather than “serving his own interests” running for president. O’Rourke spoke about “comprehensive immigration reform” than repeated the words in fluent Spanish. — 11:10 a.m. Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is giving the first...



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