With a little more than 3 months to go, Ted Cruz’s campaign is finally running TV ads in the Lone Star State.

The only ad his campaign published on their YouTube channel is an ad reminding East Texas voters of Cruz’s role in post-Harvey recovery.

According to the Bryan-College Station Eagle, Cruz’s Harvey ad is running in Beaumont, located in East Texas, close to the Louisiana border.

Cruz is also running three ads attacking Democrat opponent, Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

From The Eagle:

The Harvey-themed commercial is airing in Beaumont, while the O’Rourke attack ads were found to be on the air Friday morning in Abilene, Corpus Christi and Lubbock. In a news release, Cruz’s campaign highlighted only the Harvey spot, and it did not provide any information about how much it was spending on the ads.

One of the anti-O’Rourke spots tells viewers he is “more extreme than he wants you to know,” pointing to comments O’Rourke has made about his support for impeaching President Donald Trump while also highlighting the movement among some liberal activists to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. While O’Rourke initially expressed openness to doing away with ICE, he has more recently rejected calls to eliminate the agency. The commercial goes on to claim such positions put O’Rourke to the left of liberal boogeymen such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

“If Beto O’Rourke’s positions are too extreme even for them,” a narrator says at the end, “he’s just too reckless for Texas.”

It’s not the only Cruz ad that invokes O’Rourke’s past comments on the abolish ICE movement. Another one brings up the remarks after reviewing the cases of three men who were in the country illegally, were deported multiple times and either convicted or accused of crimes after returning again. “But Beto O’Rourke said our border is secure,” a narrator then says. “That’s why he’s open to abolishing ICE.”

Cruz has held a consistent 6 point lead over O’Rourke, according to polling data.


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