Democratic Presidential Candidates Flock To OU Campus

Earlier this week, Democratic presidential candidate and Jimmy Stewart with a time-machine, Beto ‘Rourke stopped in various places throughout Oklahoma on his campaign trail. One of the places he stopped at was the University of Oklahoma to speak with students at Volare on Campus Corner. Once there, he stood on the closest thing he could find and pandered to the sea of students by wearing a Sooner hat:

No sooner had O’Rourke got back on the bus and left, the College Democrats of Oklahoma announced like a 2 a.m. infomercial, “But wait, there’s more!” Now, it looks like Corey Booker, another Presidential longshot, is coming to town.

Via OU Daily:

The College Democrats of Oklahoma scheduled Democratic presidential candidate and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker to visit OU next week, following Beto O’Rourke’s visit to campus Monday. 

Tasneem Al-Michael, president of the College Democrats of Oklahoma, said Booker is scheduled to visit next Thursday, Aug. 29. The organization is planning a block party on Campus Corner from 4–8 p.m. However, Al-Michael said the details are still “up in the air.” 

“Hopefully Cory will be either addressing the crowd and getting to know some Normanites from between 5:15 and 6,” Al-Michael said. 

Last time Booker was this eager to jump on a bandwagon was during the Democratic debates when he was second to speak Spanish to the Latino voters.

Is inviting Democratic presidential candidates to OU going to be Norman’s new thing? Traffic through the city is already a nightmare, now you want to add political contenders into the mix? And if we are hellbent on this idea, can we at least not invite each of the candidates? Let’s face it, most of the people on that stage aren’t going to make it. Looking at you, John Delaney and Seth Moulton.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that even a few of the candidates are choosing to come to the state and interact with voters. For all we know, most of them probably thought this was all wheat fields and farmers. But, I think they’re playing it too safe. O’Rourke went to Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman- three of our state’s largest liberal outposts. You want to impress me? Go out to Dibble, Durant or Minco and get voters to turn out.

Brandon ran for high school president and lost tremendously. Follow him on Twitter @notshabbywriter and @brandonking1994.