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Running with Beto (2019)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 28 May 2019 (USA)
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A behind-the-scenes documentary following Beto O'Rourke's breakaway campaign to unseat Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate.


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Credited cast:
Beto O'Rourke ... Himself - Candidate
Amy O'Rourke Amy O'Rourke ... Herself
Cynthia Cano Cynthia Cano ... Herself
Jody Casey Jody Casey ... Herself
Chris Evans Chris Evans ... Himself
David Wysong David Wysong ... Himself
Shannon Gay Shannon Gay ... Herself
Marcel McClinton Marcel McClinton ... Himself
Amanda Salas Amanda Salas ... Herself (as Amanda Elise Salas)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Cruz ... Himself
Rhonda Hart Rhonda Hart ... Herself
'Little' Joe Hernandez 'Little' Joe Hernandez ... Himself (as 'Little Joe' Hernandez)
Zack Malitz Zack Malitz ... Himself
Esther Martinez Esther Martinez ... Herself
Charlotte O'Rourke Charlotte O'Rourke ... Herself


The year-long campaign of Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke for the 2018 Texas senate seat is presented. He almost achieved what was arguably seen as the improbable to impossible by coming close to upsetting the incumbent, Republican Senator Ted Cruz, in what is one of the bluest states state-wide in the nation. That uphill climb included being little known at the beginning of the campaign outside his El Paso district - he planning on visiting all two hundred fifty-four counties in the state in making himself better known - and not accepting any political action committee (PAC) moneys, which most politicians do, in funding his campaign. Specific issues are highlighted as they become more integral in the minds of the public and thus politicians, including President Donald Trump's push to build a border wall and his associated classification that all illegal Mexican immigrants are criminals, and the number of mass shootings in the country - especially the one at Santa Fe High School ... Written by Huggo

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A good introduction to Beto's campaign style...
30 May 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... and the diverse group who supported his initially Quixotic run for the Texas Senate seat held by Ted Cruz, thought unbeatable at the beginning of the campaign. It shows you more about his wife and children than you normally get to see about a politician, and what I saw I liked. Beto is certainly a magnetic personable guy, but one thing I took away from this documentary is he doesn't seem quite ready for prime time yet.

As three term Congressman from the El Paso area he was certainly ready to be one of a 100 senators, but now he is running for president, and if there is anything that the presidency of Barack Obama taught me is that prior executive experience is necessary for a president to hit the ground running. Obama had only a partial term as a senator when he became president, thus he lacked experience in the skill of negotiation with different factions. By the time he had that experience it was two years later and Congress was controlled by the GOP who had no interest in doing anything but blockading whatever Obama might want to do. But I digress. Back to Beto.

Beto tells you a little about what he wants - gun control and universal healthcare - and a little about what he does not like - migrant children separated from their parents at the border and Trump's wall. What he doesn't tell you in this documentary is how he hopes to pay for what he does want, and what alternative he has to what he does not like. He is essentially a great personality without detailed policies where Hillary Clinton was a great policy wonk without a great personality, at least that's what came across in public.

Overall I would recommend this work as a good introduction to the man and the excitement he drummed up in 2018 in The Lone Star State. I am impressed that he seems unsullied from his six years in the House. And any native Texan as myself is impressed with anybody who can rattle off the names of all 254 counties in the place I will forever call home no matter where I live.

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