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Old 10-11-2018, 08:42 AM   #1
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Default Beto Gets a Whole Hour to Himself on CNN

Looks like Cruz declined to participate in the upcoming TownHall in McAllen, TX. I guess the Cruz campaign wanted a standard debate format but CNN wanted back-to-back town halls which the Cruz campaign declined to participate in. Interesting strategy...

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Old 10-11-2018, 08:45 AM   #2
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I thought it was a schedule conflict for Cruz and CNN decided to go ahead with it knowing that it would only be Beto.


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Old 10-11-2018, 08:47 AM   #3
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I thought it was a schedule conflict for Cruz and CNN decided to go ahead with it knowing that it would only be Beto.


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Not sure on the schedule conflict...everything I've read points to a disagreement in the format, traditional debate vs back-to-back individual townhalls w/ questions from the audience. Either way, an hour of national air time is pretty valuable when you're talking about a relatively tight race...I trust Cruz knows what he's doing but it's an interesting move to say the least.

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Old 10-11-2018, 02:27 PM   #4
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A whole hour of BETO on CNN???!!!

...and I thought sitting with my wife & one of her Hallmark Channel movies was the perfect cure for insomnia!
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People in Texas that watch CNN are already voting for Beto anyway.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:36 PM   #6
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People in Texas that watch CNN are already voting for Beto anyway.
Pretty much...
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:41 PM   #7
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Its also at 9am so not sure what audiance it will capture.

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Old 10-11-2018, 02:43 PM   #8
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Its also at 9am so not sure what audiance it will capture.

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No body with a job...... Beto’s base
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:11 PM   #9
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No body with a job...... Beto’s base
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:18 PM   #10
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People in Texas that watch CNN are already voting for Beto anyway.
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:20 PM   #11
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I'm not sure he knows a whole hours worth of big words.
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Old 10-11-2018, 05:04 PM   #12
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I'm not sure he knows a whole hours worth of big words.
Dont have to know big words, he will tell all them Beto lovers how’s much free stuff he will give them, easy burn an hour on that.
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Old 10-11-2018, 05:26 PM   #13
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:33 PM   #14
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Cruz should have done the meeting
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:38 PM   #15
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If someone has an hour to spend watching CNN, Ted wasn't getting their vote anyway. I don't think I know anyone with that kind of patience.
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Actually, it's at 9 p.m. from what I read.

"O’Rourke’s solo town hall will air at 9 p.m. central time Oct. 18 and be televised from the McAllen Performing Arts Center." -- https://www.star-telegram.com/news/p...219732670.html

One of Cruz's big claims is that he can debate better than anyone... makes no sense that he would skip this. There are several ways to hypothesize and justify it as strategy but in my opinion, it seems like a bad idea and not very good strategy.
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:50 PM   #17
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Actually, it's at 9 p.m. from what I read.

"O’Rourke’s solo town hall will air at 9 p.m. central time Oct. 18 and be televised from the McAllen Performing Arts Center."

One of Cruz's big claims is that he can debate better than anyone... makes no sense that he would skip this. There are several ways to hypothesize and justify it as strategy but in my opinion, it seems like a bad idea and not very good strategy.
Cruz can debate anyone. In the first debate he kicked Beto ***. Beto looked like he was on crack. I do think he should have debated him though.
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Looks like Cruz declined to participate in the upcoming TownHall in McAllen, TX.
Thought I smelled something rotten in the north wind today...there is no reason in world for Cruz to consider a town hall here in McAllen as it would be a trap.

'La Maquina' is well oiled machine & would just grease puto's wheels...our counties will go blue no matter what & he's better off riding the wave of upset Kav voters across the rest of the state that doesn't have voting issues worse than Chicago booths.

The voting dead & the free bus rides from the port of entries to polls are no joke.
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Cruz can debate anyone. In the first debate he kicked Beto ***. Beto looked like he was on crack. I do think he should have debated him though.
He probably is.
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Thought I smelled something rotten in the north wind today...there is no reason in world for Cruz to consider a town hall here in McAllen as it would be a trap.

'La Maquina' is well oiled machine & would just grease puto's wheels...our counties will go blue no matter what & he's better off riding the wave of upset Kav voters across the rest of the state that doesn't have voting issues worse than Chicago booths.

The voting dead & the free bus rides from the port of entries to polls are no joke.
That was my thinking as well. A town hall.....in McAllen......no thanks!
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People in Texas that watch CNN are already voting for Beto anyway.
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If someone has an hour to spend watching CNN, Ted wasn't getting their vote anyway. I don't think I know anyone with that kind of patience.
you got it figured out.
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:23 PM   #23
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Thought I smelled something rotten in the north wind today...there is no reason in world for Cruz to consider a town hall here in McAllen as it would be a trap.



'La Maquina' is well oiled machine & would just grease puto's wheels...our counties will go blue no matter what & he's better off riding the wave of upset Kav voters across the rest of the state that doesn't have voting issues worse than Chicago booths.



The voting dead & the free bus rides from the port of entries to polls are no joke.


Someone needs to film the busses going from the port of entries to the polls.
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:40 PM   #24
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Not sure on the schedule conflict...everything I've read points to a disagreement in the format, traditional debate vs back-to-back individual townhalls w/ questions from the audience. Either way, an hour of national air time is pretty valuable when you're talking about a relatively tight race...I trust Cruz knows what he's doing but it's an interesting move to say the least.
I’ll play the devil’s advocate: let’s say Beto doesn’t want to debate because he gets his *** whooped.. let’s say then, Beto (or CNN) says, knowing he’d get his *** whooped, “well let’s do a town hall format where questions are asked and each gets an hour to talk”. I can ONLY imagine the pre-planned, pre-practiced, SOFTBALL, LAY UP questions CNN would ask Beto and the hardball, “gotcha” questions CNN would ask Cruz. History has already proven that questions are planted in those settings. History has also proven that some (wonder which ones) candidates know what’s going to be asked.

If I were Cruz, would I fall into that trap? No. And he didn’t.

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I don’t watch cnn...
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I can't imagine an hour of robert francis talking and not saying nothing.
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I’ll play the devil’s advocate: let’s say Beto doesn’t want to debate because he gets his *** whooped.. let’s say then, Beto (or CNN) says, knowing he’d get his *** whooped, “well let’s do a town hall format where questions are asked and each gets an hour to talk”. I can ONLY imagine the pre-planned, pre-practiced, SOFTBALL, LAY UP questions CNN would ask Beto and the hardball, “gotcha” questions CNN would ask Cruz. History has already proven that questions are planted in those settings. History has also proven that some (wonder which ones) candidates know what’s going to be asked.

If I were Cruz, would I fall into that trap? No. And he didn’t.
Exactly. And CNN would put Cruz on first and then let O'Rourke go last. Would be a complete waste of time for Cruz. He'd handle CNN's BS just fine, but there'd be nothing for him to gain by doing it. Add the fact that Cruz is up by 9 points in the latest poll, and it's clear Cruz has zero reasons to go on CNN to help them get better ratings.
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Old 10-12-2018, 11:43 AM   #28
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I don't even know how to get CNN on my TV anymore (not like I have tried in a long time). Texas Tribune was crowing about how much money Beto raised in the 3rd Quarter. Shame people throwing their money away like that (not a shame really).
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Old 10-12-2018, 11:48 AM   #29
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I can't imagine an hour of robert francis talking and not saying nothing.
First thing that popped in my head. May have to dust off a few old platitudes to fill a full hour of rambling.
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I can't imagine an hour of robert francis talking and not saying nothing.
Well he would say a lot. It would be a story of some person he met for each question- not actual answers.

Him being on national news like CNN does one huge thing for him and that is help raise lots of cash from all over the country. He has raised tons of cash.

Cruz on the other hand has not raised much for a variety of reasons.

Want to know why you don’t see more Cruz signs? Because you have to pay about $20 to the campaign to get one shipped to you. The campaign funds are tight.

This one could be lost like a football game playing prevent defense by the Republican voters in Texas.
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