The North Texas Daily recommends Beto O’Rourke for the U.S. Senate

The North Texas Daily recommends Beto O’Rourke for the U.S. Senate

The North Texas Daily recommends Beto O’Rourke for the U.S. Senate
October 18
00:56 2018

During Tuesday’s debate between U.S. Senate candidates Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz, one candidate stood out. One candidate demonstrated a detailed knowledge of politics past, a seasoned understanding of what matters to Texans and a passion to right long-standing wrongs with his election to Congress.

That candidate is Beto O’Rourke.

If one thing is clear after their second (and likely final) debate, it’s that Cruz almost certainly epitomizes Texas’ past, but O’Rourke illustrates what Texas can be moving forward.

Beto O’Rourke’s campaign is not fixated on partisanship. In fact, every single member of the North Texas Daily editorial board — even those who personally affiliate with other parties — support the message of this editorial.

Watching the two candidates field questions, they elicited a modern-day iteration of an articulate, collected JFK and sweaty, flustered Nixon. Cruz didn’t appear as sickly or decrepit as Nixon did during that debate in 1960, but his out of touch responses and conservative politics evoked a similar impression.

Generally, O’Rourke seemed calm and focused on addressing the question and topic at hand, while Cruz dedicated most of his rebuttals to snickering, being loud and trying to rally an odd, dying nostalgia for how Texas has navigated politics in the past.

The past is not the present, and it most certainly isn’t the future.

O’Rourke’s platform is about unity and focuses on tackling the large divisions and inequities across our country: he is for stricter gun laws, immigration reform, reproductive rights, government accountability and more actions directed at ripping out the partitions that have been driven into our nation. His stances point toward rehabilitating trust in government officials and renewed energy and optimism in politics.

Cruz’s vague affirmations that O’Rourke and his politics are “not what Texans want” reflect an outdated view of Texas as a regressive, conservative sanctuary of voters whose top priority is party affiliation. Whether we all like it or not, the only way to grow from one of the most politically divisive times in recent memory, is together. Neither side of the aisle is going to accomplish anything with an “our way or the highway” mentality. While O’Rourke has vocalized his understanding of this, it is clear that Cruz has refused to accept such an approach.

O’Rourke wants less reliance on coal and gas in favor of renewable energy. He wants everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, to be able to afford access to health care. O’Rourke supports teachers and wants to increase public school funding.

These aspirations seem universal. How aware of Texans’ wants can Cruz really be if he has spent most of this election season preoccupied with preserving donor money?

O’Rourke is the only candidate that visited each of the state’s 254 counties, giving speeches in addition to talking with potential constituents, listening to their concerns and the issues they will be taking to the polls. Cruz never publicized how many Texas counties he passed through this election season — although Cruz did go to all 99 counties in Iowa.

Even conservatives must admit O’Rourke’s clear and passionate commitment to the people of Texas.

During the debate, Cruz made a point to laugh, dissent and shake his head at O’Rourke’s talking points. O’Rourke artfully used the debate to show voters why he exhibits the future of politics, and the future of Texas.

Cruz clearly talks the talk. O’Rourke not only talks the talk, he quite literally walks the walk. For what seems like the first time ever, this election is not about party, but about coming together. The eyes of the country are upon the state of Texas and we have the opportunity to show that unity is possible with Beto O’Rourke.

In November, give your vote to the candidate staring confidently into our future, not our past.

Featured Image: Beto O’Rourke speaks to Denton democrats on the way he hopes to see the country progress and how he plans on achieving this growth. Jessika Hardy

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4 Comments

  1. JD
    JD October 18, 12:23

    He also wants lax immigration and has a past where he is not supported in the region he represents. Oh, and he’s losing ground in the polls.

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    • not_msmouse
      not_msmouse October 19, 14:38

      Sorry, you are listening to cruz’s paid (ie commercials) comments distorting what Beto says. You might want to check Beto O’Rourke’s FB page and / or attend town hall meetings and view his record in the U.S. House of Representatives to see what O’Rourke REALLY says and does. trump wasn’t kidding when he dubbed cruz Lyin’ Ted. Here’s one outtake on what O’Rourke said, “Immigration:
      “Ensure that those who come to our borders seeking refuge from violence and persecution are given a fair opportunity to present their claims and guaranteed due process under our laws.” Not open borders, just follow the process to citizenship by our rules.”

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  2. Reed
    Reed October 26, 07:47

    True to form. No representation for anyone but people on the left.

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