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Post by Danraft » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:32 am

In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, many Texans said they did not know who Beto O''Rourke is. This can be fixed with money.
Yeah.
This is mainly a geographical thing.
El Paso is way far in a corner. A 12 hour drive from Houston.
Yes, it can fixed with money and Beto is starting to get name recognition, but it would be easier for him if Cruz's election was in 2020.
In 2020, Texas moves away from being able to vote "Party Ticket", that is, with one motion have all the party candidates selected with one choice.
I believe this will help Democratic candidates, assuming that polling places adapt with more machines to account for the extra time needed to vote.
If there are not long lines, and people vote one by one on candidates it should be beneficial.
I have a good feeling with him.
He will do well in metropolitan areas, and is taking time to visit all the counties.


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Post by Addie » Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:58 am

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Beto O'Rourke vows to 'show up' for all Texans as he thrills delegates at state Democratic convention

FORT WORTH — In a rousing speech to thousands of delegates at the Texas Democratic Party Convention, Rep. Beto O'Rourke called for Democrats to "show up" for Texans that have been under siege from leaders who don't act in their best interests.

His expansive remarks touched on many progressive themes as he urged Democrats to fight for teachers, women, farmers, veterans, transgender residents and others.

"I want to make sure that we're talking everyone, every day in the state of Texas," O'Rourke said. "That everybody is treated with respect and dignity in the state of Texas, in the United States of America, everyone, everywhere, every single day. We show up in every county, in every community within every county ... we show up for everyone."

O'Rourke also lamented that America — under the administration of President Donald Trump — had separated migrant children from their families in the name of border security and called on the nation's leaders to do the right thing. ...

O'Rourke, D-El Paso, is the underdog in a tough fight against incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The Texas statewide electorate is dominated by Republicans, so O'Rourke needs a big turnout from his base and help from Republican voters in order to pull off the upset.

O'Rourke, with his relentless, unique campaign, has thrilled Democrats across the state. They hope he can beat Cruz and deliver the party its first statewide victory since 1994.
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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:50 am

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Beto-mania Sweeps Texas

Ted Cruz’s long-shot challenger is drawing riotous crowds. Is it enough?


FORT WORTH, Texas — Beto O’Rourke is running to replace Ted Cruz. Literally. Sweat pours off his lean, 6’ 4”-frame as the El Paso Democrat jogs along the southern bank of the Trinity River surrounded by 300-odd supporters and curious voters jogging along with him. Incredibly, they have shown up at 8 a.m. on a Sunday to join him for a double shot of politics and cardio. In between panting breaths, O’Rourke explains to me the origins of this novel campaign event, which has him running several miles under the Texas sun, stopping in the middle to take questions and lingering at the end to pose for selfies. “Some sadistic member of our team,” he recalls, “was like, ‘So we’re doing like six town halls a day in six different counties. We’re driving hundreds of miles every day, we’re visiting all 254 counties. What more could we do? Ah, get up earlier and have running town halls.’”

This, in short, is how O’Rourke plans to pull off his longshot bid to take away Cruz’s Senate seat: by outhustling his opponent. O’Rourke, a third-term congressman, often boasts that he has hired no consultants or pollsters. He is his own strategist, and his strategy is simple: campaign relentlessly, project vitality and hope his raw charisma combines in just the right proportion with anti-Cruz animus, Texas’s changing demographics and national Democratic momentum to put him over the top.

It’s a lot to hope for. Cruz is among the country’s shrewdest politicians. He may be reviled in Washington and on the left, but his approval rating remains above water in most polls of Texas, which has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1988. Liberals have been fantasizing about turning the state blue for a decade, to no avail. And Cruz retains a double-digit lead in recent polls.

But something is catching here. Fueled by millions in small-dollar donations, O’Rourke is outraising Cruz. In recent weeks, President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant families detained at the border has given his campaign a jolt of moral clarity. And voters are responding in a way that Texas Democrats say they have not seen before in modern times.
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Post by NotaPerson » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:59 am

Beto's new TV ad. It's much better than most...



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:07 pm

I plan to vote for Beto!!! Wait, I'm in Arkansas. My son and daughter-in-law plan to vote for Beto!!!


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Post by Mikedunford » Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:53 pm

I'm in a suburban neighborhood with a heavy military retiree population. Not a lot of yard signs up so far - just 2. Both are Beto signs.


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:21 pm

Mikedunford wrote:
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I'm in a suburban neighborhood with a heavy military retiree population. Not a lot of yard signs up so far - just 2. Both are Beto signs.
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:46 pm

Mikedunford wrote:
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I'm in a suburban neighborhood with a heavy military retiree population. Not a lot of yard signs up so far - just 2. Both are Beto signs.
My son in Texas has seen several Beto signs, but no Cruz signs.


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Post by Janny in Texas » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:09 pm

Several Beto signs on Mockingbird Lane on way to Love Field.



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Post by Slim Cognito » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:39 pm

Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:07 pm
I plan to vote for Beto!!! Wait, I'm in Arkansas. My son and daughter-in-law plan to vote for Beto!!!
I plan to send money to Beto! Just waiting until later in the season.

Actually, I keep a running list of people across the country I plan to send money too once the primaries are over.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:24 pm

Janny in Texas wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:09 pm
Several Beto signs on Mockingbird Lane on way to Love Field.
:dance:


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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:15 am

Cook Political Report
O’Rourke Puts Race into Lean Republican Column

This race in a state that isn’t usually competitive for Democrats in statewide races has generated an unusual amount of attention. Most of it is thanks to U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee, who is running an unconventional yet successful campaign that has piqued the interest of Democrats around the country. Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz also gets some of the credit as a conservative lightning rod. The result is a closer than expected contest that moves to the Lean Republican column.

In many ways, O’Rourke is running a very modern campaign that thrives on social media. He has visited all 254 counties in the state at least once, posting parts of his journey on Facebook where he has 354,000 followers. O’Rourke has 255,000 followers on Twitter, and a very active Instagram account. He doesn’t have a pollster or a media consultant. The campaign released its first ad in late July; it was produced entirely from footage shot with an iPhone during campaign stops over the last few months. For now, it is only airing online.

O’Rourke has also proven to be a very adept fundraiser. As of June 30, he had $23.8 million receipts for cycle, including $10.4 million in the 2nd quarter; 41 percent of the 2nd quarter receipts were in contributions of less than $200. After spending almost $4.5 million last quarter, he finished with $13,961,359 in the bank. O’Rourke doesn’t accept contributions from PACs and has asked super PACs to stay out of the race. By contrast, Cruz had $23.7 million in receipts for the cycle, including almost $4.1 million in the second quarter. The campaign spent $2 million in the second, posting a cash-on-hand total of $9,299,366 as of June 30.

Both campaigns are going to need every dime they raise in a state that is as expensive as Texas. Neither candidate is on the air, but it will be interesting to see if the O’Rourke campaign adopts a more conventional broadcast media strategy after Labor Day.


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Post by TollandRCR » Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:52 am

I have given to RoBETOo's campaign and am doing so again. He has an expensive race to run in a large state. Note that Senatorial elections have nothing to do with population; they are undemocratic. They have only to do with state boundaries. We are basically an undemocratic nation accordng to words written on a piece of paper in 1789.


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Post by Lani » Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:00 am

Apparently, a Beto staffer amused himself today by making 2 fake Cruz ads from real statements and film of Cruz. Funny & creepy.



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Post by Kendra » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:11 pm

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GOP Sen. Ted Cruz asked President Trump to come campaign for him, as he faces a surprisingly strong challenge by rising Democratic star Beto O'Rourke in a deep-red Texas.



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Post by NotaPerson » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:27 pm

Ted's wife would no doubt love be in the same stage as Donald Trump.


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Post by TexasFilly » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:34 pm

NotaPerson wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:27 pm
Ted's wife would no doubt love be in the same stage as Donald Trump.
Sheeeet, she went to the White House and had dinner with Trump (and took their daughters). :sick:


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Post by arock » Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:54 pm

Beto O'Rouke answering a question on how he feels about NFL players taking a knee.




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Post by MN-Skeptic » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:05 pm

Sometimes I check out the articles at American Thinker just to see what the real whack-a-doos are talking about. Tonight I clicked on Ted Cruz Is in the Crosshairs of the Liberals.

The first comment: "Canadian born (to an alien father) Ted Cruz is not a Constitutional conservative. If he were, he wouldn't have run his ineligible self for president." Oh funny! Old times. There were several posters maintaining that Cruz is not a natural born citizen, but I laughed out loud when G W linked to an article at Apuzzo's website as support. Good grief.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:18 pm

arock wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:54 pm
Beto O'Rouke answering a question on how he feels about NFL players taking a knee.

Beto sounds presidential (versus trumpian) in this marvelous response.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:50 pm

https://www.wonkette.com/gop-will-beat- ... lways-been
GOP Will Beat Beto O'Rourke By Showing Texas How Fuckable Beto Is

We are in disbelief that we have waited this long to do our journalism duty and write an entire post about how TRULY MADLY DEEPLY fuckable Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke is. But we will rectify that right now! (Haha, we said "rectify.")

It's timely because the Texas GOP has decided a really good way to go after Beto O'Rourke would be to show pictures of Beto when he was young and sexxxy and beautiful, doing things that are either naughty or allegedly naughty. (Beto porn or it didn't happen, Texas GOP.) They are doing this because Beto won't do a debate this Friday night, because the campaigns are arguing about details, particularly related to how Ted Cruz's team thinks it gets to set the terms of all debates. Beto O'Rourke isn't scared of debating Ted Cruz -- in fact, one of the things he wants revised is the schedule of debates, all of which Cruz put on Friday nights, because what happens in Texas on Friday nights? Everybody's watching their own local version of "Friday Night Lights" and ain't fuckin' nobody watching a Senate debate. If Cruz wasn't shitting himself over Beto, he'd be more than happy to debate when people are actually watching, we imagine.

Really, Texas GOP? Is this the game you'd like to play? We get that you're fucking scared of Beto -- like REALLY FUCKING SCARED -- but showing us that one time Beto caught a charge for drunk driving (much like half of Texas Republicans, probably) and that he used to be in a band that wore FUNNY CLOTHES is not the way to win this fight. In fact, it's a really good way to kick your ball into your own goal, because Beto O'Rourke, then and now, is FUCKING HOT, and Ted Cruz, then and now ... well, he's always been Ted Cruz, which means we're dealing with the world's most unfuckable face this side of Donald Trump's unfuckable face.

TEXANS HAVE EYES, YOU KNOW.

But maybe we shouldn't focus anymore on what these guys looked like when they were younger. Let's focus on the men they've become. Let's do this Goofus and Gallant-style!
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Post by NMgirl » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:55 am

I'm very much in love with whoever created this parody ad.



The young girl rejecting Ted's hug at the end of the video is Ted's daughter.


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Post by NotaPerson » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:51 am

This is so wonderful....

Beto O’Rourke’s rock-star status is cemented by Texas GOP, handing Dems an icon they desperately need
n their quest for an icon, someone to lift their spirits and usher them out of the wilderness, Democrats were shown the way this week by an unlikely guide: Texas Republicans.

The state GOP identified a rock star in a faded monochrome from the 1990s. A loose, floral-print dress (or perhaps a tunic), cut wide at the neck, hangs over his lean frame. His hair is parted down the middle, the rest disappearing behind his head in what looks like a loose ponytail. His square jaw accentuates his long, angular face.

The man gazing out from the black-and-white image is college-aged Beto O’Rourke. An electric bassist, he toured the United States and Canada in the early 1990s with his punk rock band, “Foss,” meaning “waterfall” in Icelandic and Norwegian.

The photograph might have collected dust in an obscure corner of rock history were it not for an attempt this week by Texas Republicans to showcase skeletons in O’Rourke’s closet
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Post by NMgirl » Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:55 pm

And Texas Republicans react to Beto O'Rourke's rock star appeal with...this?



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