Beto O’Rourke appeared to compare the fight against climate change to those who stormed the beaches at Normandy during World War II.
“Those who preceded us, right. Those who were on the beaches in Normandy. They showed us the way,” O’Rourke said at an Iowa rally Thursday responding to a question about how to take on climate change. “We can all come together. We can convene all the countries in the world around otherwise unsolvable problems.”
“They showed us the way,” the Texas Democrat said, referring to the greatest generation’s fight against Nazi Germany. O’Rourke, who lost a senatorial bid in 2018 against Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, announced a 2020 White House run Thursday after several months of flirting with the idea.
Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey made similar comments, telling a group of supporters at an Iowa rally in February that the world has faced catastrophes in the past: “When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save Earth … from the scourge of Nazis and totalitarian regimes? We came forward.” Booker is one of more than 20 Democrats seeking a presidential bid.
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