Monday August 26, College of Charleston hosted a town hall meeting with presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke, as part of their Bully Pulpit series.
The event was held at Stern Gardens and was filled with College of Charleston students, faculty, staff and Charleston residents.
Students enjoyed the event. O’Rourke received many praises for his stances on various topics.
The congressman from El Paso, Texas, expressed his views and plans on various topics such as gun violence, gun control, immigration, social justice, abortion and much more.
“Originally I was a little neutral on Beto, but I think I fully support him now,” Emilia Zwarych, a Freshman, said “I think he’s a very strong candidate. And he’s a lot stronger than some of the other ones.”
One of O’Rourke’s priorities is to reunite immigrant families affected by current ICE policies.
“…And to never again break another family. Never again treat them as criminals. I mention rewriting our immigration code so that we prioritize, not just family unification but folks that want to work a job or come to school here. A legal, safe, quick path to do that, so we don’t incentivize going around the law right now. So I will make sure that we make it a priority and we put the resources in place to reunite those families.”
After his speech, he opened the floor for questions where he addressed topics such as abortions, public service and immigration.
Junior Political Science and International Studies double major, Ryan Zimmer said “If he keeps progressing, I’d be open for voting for him.”
O’Rourke is just the first of many candidates that plan on coming to the College of Charleston this school year.