Speed Reads

the hat wars

Elizabeth Warren has a lot of policy ideas. Beto O'Rourke has a lot of baseball caps.

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) have quite different campaign strategies so far.

Warren is known for her heavy focus on policy — The Washington Post reports that her "overriding vision is that the federal government should intervene to fix markets when they fail ordinary people." She has proposed paying for expanded child care with a wealth tax on the rich, breaking up monopolies in the tech and agriculture industries, government-manufactured insulin, and an aggressive infrastructure plan in which the government would pay for three million homes and apartments.

O'Rourke, meanwhile, as Politico reports, is known for being "skimpy" on policy. After O'Rourke spoke at Grinnell College last Friday, one student told the Post "there's clearly no substance behind" O'Rourke's rhetoric. But even if, to date, he's lighter on the policy-side than Warren, he's certainly more well-stocked when it comes to baseball caps. As he's barnstormed his way through Iowa, both this weekend and in March, O'Rourke was, per Politico, very mindful about wearing the right hat.

That seems like a surefire way to appeal to voters, but it could also come back to bite him. O'Rourke has been seen wearing University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and Northern Iowa University caps.

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The problem? Those schools are bitter on-field rivals. So, for O'Rourke's sake, it's probably best if fans of those universities' athletic teams don't find out about his flip-flopping headgear.