Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform visited Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to discuss Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke's accomplishments with students ahead of the Texas' Senate election.
What are the details?
In a video shared to Campus Reform’s YouTube channel on Friday, Phillips featured some responses he received after asking students who they would vote for in the upcoming election, and why.
The majority of those students who took the time to speak with Phillips confirmed that they would be voting for O'Rourke on Nov. 6. O'Rourke is challenging incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz for the Texas Senate seat.
One young woman answered that she'd vote for O'Rourke because of her gender.
"I'd do Beto, especially because I'm a woman," she explained.
Another young woman noted that "the Democrat" had her vote based on what she knows from political science class.
"I think I would go for the Democrat," she said. "Um, from what I know in political science, I just feel like they push and help for things that would help people in my situation, like people in poverty and things like that."
Phillips then went on to ask the students if they could name any of O'Rourke's accomplishments. Some of their responses are below:
- "Um, I’m not aware of a lot specific accomplishments he has made."
- "I don't know any."
- "I haven't heard anything."
- "I think he's accomplished, like, honestly, getting his name out there. For not doing much, it sounds like he's really ... I honestly couldn’t point to anything. ... I’m not as educated as I would like to be."
- "He's been working really hard."
- "Beto, I think, resonates with young people because we are more aware."
Is there any positive news to come from all this?
There is, actually.
One of the students — who said he'd be voting for Cruz — gave a well-articulated response as to why. The young man said, "I'm leaning toward [voting for] Ted Cruz. Most definitely. He's someone I voted for in the past. I really think he supports family, and I think that's something that's a very important Texas value."
Another student had a snappy response when Phillips asked a young woman to name any of O'Rourke's accomplishments.
"Unless you count going to jail for DWI an accomplishment, then no," the young woman responded.
Another young man had an articulate answer when Phillips asked him about his vote.
"[I'd vote for] Ted Cruz. He stands for freedom. Freedom to own guns, and to get on immigration," the young man explained.
You can watch the students’ full reactions to Phillips' questions in the video below.