U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke is traveling to the Rio Grande Valley again. Everywhere he goes he draws a crowd of supporters. Over the weekend O’Rourke spoke about the upcoming debates with Senator Ted Cruz and the Valley’s voters in this election.
“This is the center of the economic and the democratic. The civic universe for this country whether it’s trade, whether it’s immigration, whether it’s our economy, it’s happening right here in McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley.”
On Saturday afternoon Beto O’Rourke, along with other Democratic candidates, packed the Cine El Rey to speak with voters. The venue which seats 500 people quickly filled capacity. Hundreds of other attendees were turned away. There was little doubt who they most came to see. O’Rourke said this about his campaign.
“I want to make sure that we are representing everyone in the U.S. Senate. That’s why I’m showing up to every county. That’s why this is my 6th visit to McAllen, been to the Rio Grande Valley many more times.”
O’Rourke also spoke about the upcoming debates with Senator Cruz. Including one being proposed in McAllen on September 14th. O’Rourke says he is looking forward to the debates.
“We’ve got a great contrast in our records. We’ve both been in the congress for six years. Ted Cruz shutdown the government for 16 days. He traveled to other states running for the presidency, while I represented my constituents. I held townhalls was made accountable by them, and importantly got things done.”
Carlos Sanchez, a political news editor with the Texas Monthly, says O’Rourke polls well with voters who typically don’t come out on election day.
What is O’Rourke’s plan to make those voters come out and vote?
“I don’t know but were getting people to come out on a very warm afternoon at Cine El Rey. We’re going to continue to do that as we move forward to October 22, the first voting day in this election. This one is open to everyone and will be decided by the people of Texas. All the people of Texas.”
The Congressman spoke on other issues including health care, veterans’ affairs, public education and immigration. The proposed debate in McAllen still does not have a time or location. The language of the debate is also in question.