This Texan Plans To Run Against Ted Cruz Because Of A Question He Thinks His Kids Might Ask

“Here’s the question we anticipate."

There are plenty of reasons people get and stay involved in politics, but one Texan, who's already a member of the House of Representatives, recently announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz for a very succinct and powerful reason. 

In a clip of a town hall-style meeting that's currently making the rounds on Facebook, Representative Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke from El Paso, Texas, discusses his political career thus far and his platform moving forward.

Determined not to "drop an F-bomb" as he accidentally did in a previous speech, the 44-year-old Democrat praises his wife, Amy, for keeping him grounded, transparent, and honest. In recounting something his wife told him, O'Rourke says, "You're one of two people out of 535 in the United States Congress, House, and Senate that doesn't take a dime of corporate cash or PAC money. And you're not going to start now." Not surprisingly, O'Rourke, who also balks at the use of pollsters and political consultants, was met with thunderous applause.

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The father of three goes on to say he plans to challenge Cruz for the incumbent's Senate seat because one day, he hopes to tell his children and his future grandchildren that in the face of the narrow-minded policies, he fought back.

"Here's the question we anticipate," O'Rourke began, speaking from the point of view of future generations. "Back in 2017... when they were no longer talking about banning refugees but they'd already tried to do it, when they were no longer talking about imposing a religious test on the people who could come to a country of immigrants… when they talked about the press as the enemy of the people, when you knew what was happening and you knew what we needed, and you knew what it took, what did you do?" 

"That's the question I care more about from our country," he concludes. 

O'Rourke is part of a growing number of people — including other politicians, judges, and ordinary citizens — who, in the face of divisive policies, are digging in, getting involved, and speaking out.

When the White House threatened to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities that oppose its immigration policies, many mayors of said cities — Chicago's Rahm Emanuel, New York City's Bill de Blasio, Boston's Martin J. Walsh, among others — vowed to continue to protect all of their citizens, regardless of repercussions.

Similarly, when the January travel ban targeted people from seven Muslim-majority countries, Attorney General of Washington state, Bob Ferguson, filed the lawsuit that ultimately halted said ban.

And ordinary citizens have gotten in on the action too. In response to a climate change proposal critics considered questionable at best, someone allegedly linked to the Environmental Protection Agency created a rogue Twitter account disseminating facts the administration denies. Similar accounts allegedly from the National Park Service, NASA, and other agencies also exist for the same purported purpose.

As for O'Rourke? His promise not to use PAC money presents certain challenges to his campaign, but there's still the chance he could nab that Senate seat in 2018. We're curious to see what happened next.

Cover image via Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.

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