Cruz, O'Rourke face off in first debate

Leroy Wright
September 22, 2018

O'Rourke frequently complained that Cruz was misrepresenting his positions - at one point accusing the incumbent Republican of "slander".

The debate, the first of three scheduled between the two candidates, will be held Friday evening at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and will focus on domestic policy. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); O'Rourke did what he could to distance himself from modern Democrats.

Representative Beto O'Rourke speaks during a campaign rally in Plano, Texas, Sept. 15, 2018. "When he speaks, people take that to heart", Murphree said, calling O'Rourke's remarks "insulting to me as a citizen of this state and as a police officer".

Nonetheless, O'Rourke has raised significantly out-raised Cruz.

"People who became convicts exclusively by dint of the color of their skin in a system that was radically unjust", O'Rourke continued.

President Trump will visit Texas in October to stump for Cruz.

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O'Rourke added that, while he and Cruz disagree on the best moves to make, he has no question that Cruz "wants to do the best for America". In Mr. Cruz's case, the senator showcased a masterful command of nearly every topic, while Mr. O'Rourke unfailingly managed to take any issue and tie it to a specific individual he has met while crisscrossing Texas. Men back Cruz 57 - 42 percent. He also said that O'Rourke was more to the left on policy than Sen.

Mr. Cruz said Ms. Ford is a serious woman with a charge that deserves to be heard, but he then quickly pivoted to Mr. O'Rourke's opposition to Judge Kavanaugh which Mr. Cruz said was rooted in radical ideas about jurisprudence.

On the Supreme Court and economics, the specter of President Trump loomed large.

O'Rourke, a three-term Democratic congressman from El Paso, is giving up his seat to challenge Cruz, who was first elected to the Senate in 2012.

Cruz said that Dr. Martin Luther King would not have "stood for" Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests, during which the NFL player famously kneeled pregame to bring awareness to police-involved violence.

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