• March 8, 2021
 Beto O’Rourke Says He’ll Start Airing TV Ads With Money Raised off Ted Cruz’s attack ads

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke speaks at the Texas Democratic Party convention in Fort Worth on June 23, 2018. Joan Brook for The Texas Tribune

Beto O’Rourke Says He’ll Start Airing TV Ads With Money Raised off Ted Cruz’s attack ads

Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, is set to start airing TV ads in his race against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

O’Rourke’s campaign told supporters Monday that it has placed a “$1.27 million media buy” and voters will start seeing “positive TV ads” in 20 Texas markets this week. The dollar amount represents how much O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman, raised two weekends ago in response to Cruz’s first round of TV ads, three of which targeted the challenger.

“Texans in all 254 counties of our state are proving that together, we will be the big, bold, confident answer to the small, petty, negative attacks that are coming our way,” O’Rourke said in a statement.

Whether O’Rourke would air TV ads in the race — and if so, how extensively — has been something of an open question for months. He has expressed ambivalence about the effectiveness of TV ads nowadays and talked about investing heavily in a field operation instead.

In July, O’Rourke released his first ad, a minute-long montage of his travels across the state as livestreamed on Facebook. The spot has been appearing only online.

O’Rourke’s campaign did not immediately say what the content of the TV ads would be other than that they would be positive.

Cruz’s first TV ads came out Aug. 3. O’Rourke’s campaign sought to counter them with a $1 million fundraising drive over the following weekend and ended up exceeding the target by that Sunday night, raking in $1,274,528.

Author: PATRICK SVITEK – The Texas Tribune

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  • Everything that comes out of Ted Cruz piehole mouth is all negative and very misinformed!
    Congressman Beto O’Rourke deserves to take Ted Cruz seat in the United States Senate.
    What GOOD! has Ted Cruz done for the entire state of Texas? can anyone answer this one request about what has Ted Cruz done for Texans or any Texan for that matter? YOU HAVE NONE!
    Beto O’Rourke visited all 254 Texas Counties in his quest to oust one of Donald Trump’s most LOYALIST PLEDGE Senators in the U.S. Senate, LYING TED! He falls in rank with the rest of the republican stooges and votes with Donald Trump’s agenda like TAX CUTS for the RICH! BTW! all of Ted Cruz campaign finances comes from $$SUPER PAC’S SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS! Also remember that Ted Cruz has attempted and tried unsuccessfully do away with the affordable healthcare act known as OBAMACARE!.
    Dear Mr Ted Cruz! did you even study Texas geography let alone American Geography to know that El Paso is located in the state of Texas? NO YOU DIDN’T!
    AS a matter of FACT! you didn’t know we actually existed, till Congressman Beto O’Rourke announce his bid to run for the senate. And now it’s most ironic that you have continued to pester our GREAT CITY of El Paso. And I will tell you myself Mr Ted Cruz, THERE AIN’T NOTHING HERE FOR YOU! Not even a Spicy Burrito for you.
    My advice for you is to talk to Donald Trump and consider making plans to seek political asylum in Russia and I give you the few token republican El Paso deplorables to take to Russia with you.
    They are all FASCIST White Nationalist Supremacist like yourself including some wannabe’s…
    Vendidos that forgot their roots and where their descendants came from.
    MY comments might sound negative but they are not! MY VOICE IS FOR DEMOCRATS! IT’S A WAKE UP CALL TO ALL TEXANS! COME TUESDAY November 6 2018! YOU BEST BETTER GO OUT AND VOTE LIKE OUR LIVES DEPENDED ON IT! BECAUSE IT DOES!
    Pay attention or be sorry thereafter and sorry you will be if the fascist conservative hypocrite racist bigots that insist in putting immigrant children inside cages prevails in the 2018 midterm elections.

    • Do you promise to leave the country when Cruz demolishes O’Dork?

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