In Iowa Ad, Conservative Group Hits Beto O'Rourke for ‘entitlement' Amid Worry He Could Flip Texas in 2020

WASHINGTON -- Beto O'Rourke hasn't set foot in Iowa, or even announced whether he'll run for president. But in coming days, the anti-tax Club for Growth will unleash an ad blitz in Des Moines aimed at planting doubts among Democrats about his liberal bona fides -- not to weed out faux liberals from the 2020 pack, but because polls show that he would be a huge threat in Texas if he wins the nomination.And if Democrats win Texas, there's virtually no way Republicans can keep the White House."We have internal polling that shows that Trump and Beto are statistically tied in Texas in a presidential head-to-head, and that's hugely significant," Club president David McIntosh said by phone on Monday. "You'll notice we didn't do ads on the 16 other candidates that have talked about running."The group spent millions in Texas last year to shore up Sen. Ted Cruz, who eked out a second term against O'Rourke with less than 51 percent of the vote.The group's two-minute attack ad will air in Des Moines and run on digital platforms in Iowa. The Club say it will spend five figures-- that is, less than $100,000 -- getting out the message that the former three-term El Paso congressman isn't as liberal as voters might think.  Continue reading...

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