As reported by the American-Statesman’s Jonathan Tilove, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, released the first ad of his U.S. Senate campaign Thursday. The 30-second video was created entirely from livestream footage shot on the campaign’s iPhone. His campaign says it’s the first U.S. Senate ad anywhere to do so. Titled “Showing Up,” it is a montage of scenes from among the hundreds of public events O’Rourke has held, live streamed and archived as he traveled to all 254 Texas counties. He faces Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz in November.
Mark Robert Drumm: Who cares?
Jessica Sanchez: Texans.
Eddy Markowsky: No Texan would vote for Beto — only West Coast transplants running from the socialist cesspool they’ve created for themselves.
Jenifer Howerton Wiese: Native Texan here who’s voting for Beto. I love how some Texans feel the need to bash those who move here. I was raised to welcome everyone. It’s sad some think Texas has to be all red. Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way.
David Paul Quiroz: Who cares about “how” he made it? It’s entirely irrelevant. The only thing that really matters is his political philosophy — or lack thereof — that undergirds his radical policies.
Carol Weber: Love it, love it, love it. Finally, a person who listens.
Tara Swank-Ross: Texan here. I’m voting for Beto. Cruz has done nothing — absolutely nothing. If you or I did as much as him at our jobs, we would be fired.
Drew Keys: He’s gonna get whooped by double digits. Lol. Nobody’s worried. (My) only concern is if he can rally and get under a double-digit loss.
Susan Davis: Shame he doesn’t talk about his criminal background.
Donna Rene Johnston: In the 1990s, he was arrested for burglary and drunk driving. He has said that public service has given him a pathway to make up for his mistake. But you see, if you just drop a comment that only mentions the criminal record with no context, it sounds much more salacious.