Greg Casar’s Intro of Beto O’Rourke

Austin City Councilmember Greg Casar, introducing Beto O’Rourke
Austin, Texas
September 29, 2018

How are ya’ll feelin’?
That’s not good enough. 
How are ya’ll feelin?

I’m Greg Casar and I’m proud to represent my beloved city on the Austin City Council.
I love this city
not because it’s perfect
we know it’s not perfect.
I love it because it’s full of people like you
who are ready to fight like hell for what’s right and for what we believe in
Am I right?
Man if you could see what I see
If Ted Cruz could see what I see
he’d be so scared right now.

When I was 24 years old, I was a community organizer
running for office 
and if you had told me then I’d be with tens of thousands of you 
in the mud
getting ready to introduce the guy that’s gonna kick Ted Cruz’s ass out of the Senate
I may not have believed you but here we are. 
And it’s amazing, isn’t that right?

But before I call Beto up onto the stage I want to get serious just for one minute.
Because the stakes are so high 
the challenges people face are so real.

I will never forget the night that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. 
That night I was re-elected, and I felt no joy.
I felt sick to my stomach.
And if you’re anything like me, I know we were afraid. 
I felt afraid of what was happening to our country 
about what could happen to our community 
about what could happen to our families.

And that night we faced a choice. 
About whether to remain afraid, whether to give in to cynicism and surrender, or whether to wake up the next morning and fight back 
ten times harder.

Men like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz wanted us to give up. 
They wanted us to see kids getting torn from their families 
and being put in cages in the desert 
and they wanted us to say, 
“That’s horrible, 
but there’s nothing we can do about that.”

Men like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump 
wanted to put Brett Kavanaugh up into the Supreme Court 
and for us to hear — they wanted us to hear 
Dr. Ford’s story and say 
“That’s horrible, but we can’t change that.” 
That’s what they wanted.

But did we give them what they wanted?

I want to hear you say hell no.
Did we give them what they wanted?

That’s right. 
Here in Austin and in Texas we resisted 
we fought and we defied the odds.
We fought hard to make change.

When Donald Trump announced his Muslim ban 
we didn’t just give up did we? 
We flooded airports all across Texas in protest 
and here in Austin we announced 
the first publicly funded deportation defense fund in the south.

That’s what we did as Austin.

And when Ted Cruz said 
he was gonna take away Obamacare, 
strip millions of Americans of their healthcare, 
we didn’t let him just take it did we?

No, we organized town hall after town hall, 
rally after rally, until 
we saved millions of Americans 
from getting their health insurance taken away.

That’s what we told Ted Cruz.

And when Ted Cruz ramrolled some of the biggest tax breaks 
to the biggest corporations 
and the ultra rich 
we didn’t just sit down and give up did we?

We didn’t just take it did we?

No, as Austin we stood up and fought back. 
Instead of giving tax cuts to the rich, we guaranteed 
paid sick days to every single working person in our city. 
We put Proposition A on the ballot, 
the biggest investment in affordable housing in our city’s history
so that this November you can vote for Beto 
and you can vote for a more affordable city 
that includes everyone.

That’s what we did.

And this week we learned, 
actually we didn’t learn, 
we were reminded, 
of the power that just a few brave women 
speaking truth to power can have.

We saw how those brave survivors, when they stood up 
to those U.S. senators, could change the course of history 
and how we believed them 
and we had their back 
and Brett Kavanaugh who supposedly was gonna be a Supreme Court justice today, 
Brett Kavanaugh who has been credibly accused of sexual violence, 
who was supposed to be a Supreme Court Justice today,
is not a Supreme Court Justice today.
That’s because of your fight 
that’s because of your organizing 
that’s because we reclaimed our power.

That’s not politicians.
That is the people leading 
and the politicians have to follow.

Now one more brave guy whose back we have to have.
A fellow Texan
a progressive champion
one of our own.
His name is Beto O’Rourke
Do you guys have Beto’s back?
Do you guys have Beto’s back?
Beto showed us that when we fight, we can win even in the darkest of times.
Beto went out to the Tornillo child jail camps and we followed. 
Beto stood up to PACs and special interests and we were inspired.

And in 25 days when we get to start voting, it’s time for us to lead.

Make some noise if you’re gonna vote in 25 days.
Make some noise if you’re ready to elect Beto.
Are you ready to fight?
Are you ready to win?
Are you ready to elect Beto?

Now I want to bring Beto up here in Texas style with a chant and it’s pretty simple.
It goes like this:
Be-to
Be-to
Be-to
Be-to

A little faster.

Be-to
Be-to
Be-to
Be-to

I’m proud to introduce
the next US Senator from the great state of Texas,
Beto O’Rourke.