Trump factor loomed large in Cruz-Beto debate, and both were ‘true to form’ in stoking the base | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Sep 23, 18
Trump factor loomed large in Cruz-Beto debate, and both were ‘true to form’ in stoking the base | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Playing to the base The mutual focus on Trump reflects that both sides are keen to rally partisans, even to the exclusion of appealing to whatever middle exists in the polarized Texas electorate. “It’s really about the base. Who’s going to be inflamed enough to turn out? Campaign 101,” said Victoria Farrar-Myers, a senior fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU. “That’s what you saw. Cruz is going to attach himself to Trump. Regardless of what people think or say about him, he still has over 80 percent approval rating with his base. Any Republican would be foolish to not pay attention to that factor — even Ted Cruz.” But the Democrat’s chances hinge on luring new voters and Texans who have long sat on the sidelines. “I really expected O’Rourke to go after that middle voter,” Farrar-Myers said. His chances would be boosted greatly by Obama-level enthusiasm among black voters. That’s a heavy lift for a “millionaire Anglo from El Paso,” said Mark Jones, a Rice University political scientist. Still, he did try,  as when he discussed a recent incident in which an off-duty Dallas police officer shot and killed a black man in his own apartment thinking he was an intruder in her apartment, and his defense of NFL players seeking to draw attention to violent encounters with police involving unarmed blacks. “We even saw that when he discussed his DUI — that he as a privileged, upper-middle-class, Anglo male was able to move on from his DUI in a way that a working-class, African-American mal

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