Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Rafael (Ted) Cruz justifies mocking Robert (Beto) O'Rourke's name

Beto O'Rourke  Flickr Beto O'Rourke Flickr
Ben Pena | 08 March, 2018, 07:01

It clearly won't be enough for Democrats to change anything in Texas, but it is a warning for Republicans in light red and swing districts and states - where the pool of GOP voters is much smaller than in Texas at large - that they need a competing narrative to energize conservatives and win over independents to combat Democrat enthusiasm.

Cruz has the luxury of running as a Republican in one of the most Republican states in the nation.

O'Rourke declined to respond in a streamed Facebook video to supporters: "What is really exciting about what is going on in Texas right now is that all of the energy is around the big things we want to do together", he said.

"We won't wait for another mass shooting", Heastie said. "But it's still a Republican state and he's running against an incumbent". Barton is holding out hope that a legislative fix will pass in Congress before the general election.

More: Another "flip flop" in Congress?

"It's worth noting: Run for Something worked closely with the Texas Democratic Party to recruit candidates this cycle, helping find candidates to contest 133 out of 150 state legislative seats-a almost 50 percent increase over 2016 and the highest figure since at least the early '90s". But Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is up for re-election as well, and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and businessman Andrew White are vying to take him on.

While those advantages have allowed Cruz to run something of a Rose Garden campaign, political observers predict that he will begin flexing his fundraising muscles to limit O'Rourke's ability to make serious progress.

"Republican elected officials should be concerned about what they're seeing in Texas", Bonier said.

Some key races in Texas Tuesday are at the state level.

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"It's clear Texas Democrats are fired up, exceeding expectations, and charging forward to November", Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said. "Those are not the values of Texas".

O'Rourke rejected Cruz's assertion that he didn't share the same values as Texas voters, pointing to his campaign's extensive travel across the state. Republicans cast a little more than 56% of the primary votes to the Democrats' 44%.

When he announced his intentions to challenge Cruz, he was seen not only as an underdog, but an underdog who was unknown beyond El Paso where he has been a popular political figure.

It's true that Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) - Democrats' great hope for taking on Ted Cruz in Texas's Senate race this fall - had never run for statewide office before.

Turnout has been higher this election, compared to the last midterm primary in 2014 - especially among those voting in the Democratic primary. "I think people try to impose the 2016 Bernie-Hillary divide" on every matchup, he said, referring to the presidential nominating fight between Hillary Clinton and Sanders. "He's exciting and he's new and he's not one of the usual suspects".

Congressman Beto O'Rourke shares a beer with Ode Brewery owners before addressing the crowd that came out to support his "Rally for Relief", held at Ode Brewery Thursday night.

Bush will face off against Democrat Miguel Suazo, who took 70 percent of his primary vote, in the general election. This isn't just the Democrats want to go vote this year, it's that Democrats want to go vote to get Republicans out of power.

But once ordinary voters begin to tune in, he said the campaign will enter a new and more combative phase.

In an unexpected move, Cruz chose to attack O'Rourke by name before the polls had even closed.

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