A CNN KFile review of interviews, debates, newspaper articles and ads from O’Rourke’s 2012 race reveals more about his past views and beliefs as he seeks the Democratic nomination in 2020.

O’Rourke at the time endorsed cuts to defense and domestic spending in the middle and long term, along with seriously considering changes to Social Security and tax laws that would do away with some tax breaks. Those past positions are at odds with the current and more progressive liberal base of the party that has largely embraced increased government programs like cost-free college and “Medicare for All.”

The deficit and national debt are no longer major parts of O’Rourke’s political message, and though sometimes light on specifics, he’s signaled support for the Green New Deal and, at times, universal health care coverage — two proposals that would require increased government spending.