I thought Beto came across as articulate, credible, and sincere. I thought Ted came off as attacking, condescending, and sincere. Both men have great conviction that their way is the right way. The divide is whether the people of Texas agree with the way one wants to go about solving problems, or if they agree with the other.
The sticking point (for me) was how Ted continually tried to smear Beto. I’m very glad that Beto defended himself, but didn’t respond in kind.
The whole thing reminded me of the Kennedy / Nixon debates of the 1960s. And, ironically, the topics covered were strikingly similar. It’s really hard to believe that in 58 years, we have made so little progress.
I feel so strongly that this November is going to be a turning point for America. We can continue the path we are on, where corporations are given free reign to pay workers peanuts and wreck the environment, where the government continues to cut benefits to Social Security and Medicare and call them “entitlements” (even though the Americans have paid into the system all their lives), where a woman is continually challenged in her decisions for her own body, and people of color are systematically treated as less than. Or we can change course, tax the wealthy at the same rate (or more) than the middle class, provide quality health care for all citizens, allow women control of their own bodies, pour money into public education, and end the duality of the American justice system. Those are our choices.