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Sherrod Brown Refuses to Say He Endorses Beto O’Rourke’s Idea to Tear Down Existing Border Wall

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on CNN on Sunday refused to say he agreed with likely 2020 Democrat hopeful Beto O’Rourke‘s stance, stated on MSNBC last week, that tearing down existing border walls or barriers is a good idea.

O’Rourke was asked if he would tear down the existing border barriers in El Paso. He replied rather broadly that he would pull down existing border barriers, and that walls haven’t worked or helped and are deadly, something he’s said before.

Dana Bash, filling in on State of the Union on Sunday, asked Brown if he also thought barriers that already exist should come down, but Brown dodged.

“Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke says he supports taking the border wall, the border fencing in and around El Paso where he’s from down, because he said it hasn’t made the country safer,” said Bash. “Do you think the existing walls and fencing should come down?”

“I don’t live in El Paso, and I take the congressman there at his word –,” Brown replied, noticeably and dismissively annoyed with the question.

“But you are a United States senator,” Bash objected, pointing out they deal with border issues.
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“I understand that,” said Brown, “but I don’t think you look at the border wall in a 12-mile.” When asked about the El Paso wall, O’Rourke did not limit his response to his town, he simply used it, per the question, as the example. O’Rourke then expanded the topic to include all security measures on the border that were added after 9/11, as well as by repeating his prior statements that walls kill people. Brown is saying that O’Rourke only wants to get rid of immoral walls that are killing immigrants if they’re located in his own 12-mile area.

“I take a back seat to nobody in border security and it’s clear we’ve learned over time that we have the technology, helicopters, border agents to make our country safe and to keep the — keep illegal crossings at a minimum without building a long wall,” said Brown, trying to stay focused on the Democrat position against any future wall building. “That’s the decision that should be made in the whole context.”

“You don’t say this congressman says take it down here. This congressman says build it up there. You want to look more broadly than that,” he said, again dodging the fundamental question that Beto O’Rourke addressed of whether the wall, including the portions that exist, are inherently bad or damaging and should be removed.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.

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