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Watch: Things Get Awkward When Beto O'Rourke Supporters Are Asked To Name 1 Accomplishment

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Of all the close races in the upcoming midterm elections, one that has drawn intense media scrutiny and garnered plenty of public attention has been the race between incumbent Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Texas Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke.

O’Rourke has undeniably been exalted by the left as the next best thing since former Presidents Kennedy or Obama, and he has been showered with praise and adulation by the liberal media while leftist elitists in California and New York have imbued his campaign with ample funds to take on the sitting Republican senator who, next to President Donald Trump, is one of the most despised Republicans by the left.

Despite the incredible support O’Rourke has received from leftist celebrities and the liberal media and Democratic-leaning young voters, he still closely trails Cruz in most polls and is not really viewed to be able to “turn Texas blue” by anyone with a realistic and intellectually honest assessment of the situation, as long as Republican voters come out in full force on Election Day.

But realism and intellectual honesty seem to be in short supply these days, especially on college and university campuses, as the folks at Campus Reform can most certainly attest to. Thus, the awkward responses they received when they asked students at Texas A&M University for their thoughts on O’Rourke — specifically if they could name just one major accomplishment he had achieved in his political career — were both amusing and disconcerting at the same time.

Most of the students approached by Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips said they intended to vote in support of O’Rourke, though none could coherently explain why.

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Asked if there were any specific accomplishments of O’Rourke’s that would make him the right choice for the Senate, one female student replied, “Umm … I am not aware of a lot of specific accomplishments he has made.” Later, that same student said, “I don’t know about personal, in-office accomplishments, but I think he has the experience and vision needed to do a good job.”

Another female student replied, “I don’t know any so I can’t say anything about that.”

Still another female student replied, “I think he’s accomplished, like honestly, just getting his name out there. For not doing much, it sounds like he’s really …” Phillips interrupted to ask if there were any career accomplishments, other than mere popularity, to which the woman responded, “I honestly couldn’t point to anything. I’m just trying to … you know, I’m not as educated as I want to be.”

Other students who were also unable to name any accomplishments suggested that O’Rourke hadn’t had the ability, experience or platform to really achieve any accomplishments yet, and should, therefore, be given the chance to prove himself.

Do you suspect these students only support O'Rourke because celebrities and the media told them to?

Yet another female student suggested, “Beto, I think, resonates with young people because we are more aware.” Apparently not aware enough to know if the candidate has ever accomplished anything, though.

Things weren’t entirely bad on the Texas A&M campus, however, as Phillips found a few students willing to go on camera and either take a shot at O’Rourke or express their support for Sen. Cruz.

One female student, in response to the question of if she could name any of O’Rourke’s accomplishments, replied, “Not unless you count going to jail for a DWI an accomplishment, then no.”

Two male students announced to Phillips that they’d be voting for Cruz in the election. One of those students revealed that he’d voted for Cruz previously and was pleased with the senator’s pro-family stance, which he viewed as an “important Texas value,” along with Cruz’s stance on other issues.

The other Cruz-supporting student, asked specifically what about Cruz he was a fan of, replied quite simply, “He stands for freedom … Freedom to own guns, and he’s good on immigration, all that kind of stuff.”

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As has become abundantly clear, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s candidacy is pretty much all hype and no substance, remarkably similar to Obama’s first run for the presidency in 2008. Odds are, O’Rourke would turn out to be the same sort of empty suit pushing a progressive leftist agenda just like Obama did as well.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
Birthplace
Louisiana
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American
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The School of Life
Location
Little Rock, Arkansas
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