MSNBC sent a love letter to Democrat Texas Democrat Beto O & Rourke on Tuesday night in a one-hour "Hardball College Tour" moderated by Chris Matthews.
On the stage of the University of Houston, Mr. O & # 39; s Rourke introduced his popular liberalism, which held him surprisingly close to reigning Republican Senator Ted Cruz and asked questions from the host and the clearly favorable audience of students and professors.
The one-show showcase a week before the November 6th election gave Mr. Rourke O & Rourke a relaxed opportunity to perform some of his favorite topics to a more energetic, active liberal government.
Perhaps the only difficult moment for Mr. O'Rourke came late in the show when Mr. Matthews described a flip in Partisan perceptions during his life, with the Democratic Party moving from their everyday roots to the preferred election the rich and famous changed.
"What went wrong?" "What needs to be corrected?"
Mr. O Rourke skilfully parried the issue, citing an appearance in Silverton, Texas, where an elderly voter described rural electrification projects in Lone Star State rural areas that made lifelong supporters of legendary Democrats like FDR and LBJ. 1
"It's too much money," he said. "To obey the special interests, we must return to the people."
Mr. O'Rourke had no problem raising money despite his self-conscious deterrent of Super PACs, outsmarting most of Mr. Cruz's campaign and reaching a record $ 38.1 million last quarter.
Mr. Cruz has criticized the way Mr. O'Rourke took in millions of left-leaning leftists who adored his liberalism, and Mr. Cruz left to accuse his opponent of Hollywood and New York City rather than Texas to be in harmony. And while Mr O. Rourke's campaign has moved away from PAC money, Mr Cruz has explicitly stated in the debates that the PACs were not held by O Rourke's support.
Nevertheless, Mr O Rourke has remained in the competition, a state that most recently elected a Democratic senator in 1971 and had a narrow lead in a poll at the beginning of October.
Although it is obvious that Mr. Cruz could not stand out from others like Mr. O. Rourke The nationwide GOP figures like Governor Greg Abbott have done everything in their re-election bids, and Mr. Cruz has managed to boost the momentum of the Regain race and currently gain an advantage of +7 in the RealClearPolitics survey average.
O & Rourke took the chance that MSNBC offered him to convey an unfiltered image of his unwise liberalism. Mr. O'Rourke was in a suit, but without a tie, relaxed to talk to Mr. Matthews and then get up and face the audience when they asked questions.
One of them, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Houston Summer Harlow, touched on President Trump and his fondness for resisting a press he frankly considers hostile.
Mr. O Rourke described this as an unhealthy situation and pointed to tweets in which Mr. Trump would overshadow the face of a journalist for a wrestler who was hit by a body.
"It's an incitement to violence, I do not know any other way to call it," said Mr. O'Rourke.
This exchange was similar to Mr. O. Rourke's with Mr. Matthews when the host mentioned the recent events in which bombing machines fired at outspoken opponents of Mr. Trump and a mass murdered a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
"How much is the president responsible for these atmospheres?" Asked Matthews.
Mr O Rourke did not take the bait full, saying that some comments from Mr. Trump's campaign and the presidential tweets were an "invitation to hate openly and involuntarily," but turned quickly to a rising demand for better, less inflamed passions and speeches that would draw the country through this land. small, fissile moment. "
At times, apparently crazy students sang Mr. O'Rourke's questions that ni had to do with politics, for example when asked how much sleep he was getting.
Not much, Mr. O. "Rourke admitted before adding that his hectic schedule" is fueled by the fine food of Whataburger! "Skateboarding on a Whataburger parking lot."
Mr O Rourke inevitably turned to the crowd and thanked them for the enthusiasm he said, driving him through Texas and ending with a radiance and pointing to the questioner Mr. Matthews usually added, "well said," or "kindly said," and often shakes Mr. O's Rourke's hand as he steps toward his seat opposite the host.
It was not clear on Tuesday that even MSNBC invited an invitation to Mr. Cruz for a show.At the beginning of the campaign, Mr. O'Rourke also had a solo appearance on CNN, and though the Cruz campaign proposed a debate in which the O Rourke camp had ducked it could reject an invitation from the Network for a "City Hall." with Mr. Cruz.