During the first presidential debate Wednesday night, White House hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke showed off his bilingualism by dodging a question about his support for a 70% tax rate in two languages.
Asked if he favored a 70% marginal income tax for the very rich, O’Rourke avoided responding directly and criticized the state of the American economy instead. “This economy has got to work for everyone and right now we know that it isn’t,” he said. “It’s going take all of us coming together to make sure that it does.”
O’Rourke then repeated his message in Spanish while a bemused Cory Booker looked on. Upon using up his allotted time without answering the question, he was asked again but spoke about corporate tax rates instead.