Republicans are making it clear that they are scared of Beto O’Rourke by running ads against him in Iowa before he is a declared candidate.
Republicans Fear Beto O’Rourke
The anti-tax Club for Growth is expected to begin airing a two-minute commercial in Iowa this week aimed at dampening liberal support for O’Rourke, who’s expected to enter the race any day. The spot paints the former Texas congressman as a politician dripping with “white male privilege” who’s undeserving of the comparisons he’s drawing to Barack Obama.
The decision to go after O’Rourke, whose spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment, reflects a fear that he would mobilize the millennial and suburban voters who powered the Democratic 2018 House takeover and imperil Trump’s reelection. Republicans would be at risk of losing Texas if O’Rourke is the Democratic standard bearer, said Club for Growth President David McIntosh.
Beto O’Rourke is the anti-Trump
If there is one unannounced candidate on the Democratic side who could catch fire and have an Obama-like rise to the nomination, it is Beto O’Rourke. Former Rep. O’Rouke would put Texas in play for Democrats because Trump is the least popular Republican president in the state in the modern presidential election era. O’Rourke can mobilize young voters, Democrats, minorities, and outside of Joe Biden, he has the best chance of mobilizing the Obama coalition.
Beto O’Rourke is young, energetic, charismatic, well spoken, and he emotionally connects. Donald Trump has none of these characteristics.
Republicans fear Beto because O’Rourke could beat Trump.
It is not the smartest idea for Republicans to be telegraphing their fears so openly, but the GOP is trying to protect their corrupt and sinking president, which means that they are going to try to sabotage any Democrat who they think can beat Trump.
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