Beto O'Rourke debate; first debate for Texas Senator tonight

Womp Womp Left Wing Celebrity Trails Ted Cruz By Nine Points in New Poll

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) shake hands after a debate at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU on September 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

"But pretty much all of them show Ted Cruz still leading", he said, adding that Latino voters, who tend not to show up in big numbers in midterm elections, are crucial for O'Rourke to have a chance.

Another source of contention was kneeling for the national anthem.

O'Rourke in turn blasted Cruz for supporting massive deportations of illegal immigrants.

Cruz then likened O'Rourke to former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

O'Rourke, an El Paso Congressman, accused Cruz of caring more about tax cuts for corporations than his constituents, saying he wanted "to deport each and every single Dreamer", and criticizing him for being an absentee senator who spent more time campaigning in Iowa than Texas.

"Instead of suggesting the police are risking their lives to protect all of us and turning people against police, I think it's profoundly irresponsible", Cruz said. "That's not what Texans want".

The internet Likes may be with O'Rourke, but in terms of policy points, Cruz scored decidedly more cheers from the campus crowd. Just this week, the Cook Political Report reclassified the race, calling it a tossup.

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With his support of universal healthcare, his openness to abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and his willingness to consider impeaching Trump, O'Rourke may define the party going forward in a way that could be incongruent with more moderate Democrats who must defend their Senate seats in states that Trump won in 2016.

The vast differences between the two candidates on nearly every hot topic were on display, particularly immigration and border security.

Not surprisingly, Cruz said he supports President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall at the border and O'Rourke does not. That means boots on the ground.

Congressman O'Rourke is trying to get people to see beyond red and blue.

O'Rourke later walked back his statements and called the proposition "artless, and even inaccurate" in his 2011 book titled "Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the US and Mexico".

Cruz agreed with O'Rourke's sentiments and expressed the same to his Democratic opponent. "Imagine the stain on our conscience".

Those ambitions were part pf the topics of Friday's debate, which was focused on Domestic policy. He raised the specter of the 2016 ambush killing of five Dallas officers by a troubled Army veteran, reportedly upset by stories of police brutaily. Cruz said it's a slap in the face to veterans. The justices Mr. O'Rourke wants on the court are the same as those favored by people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Mr. Cruz argued, once again tying Mr. O'Rourke's platform to those Democratic figures unpopular in the Lone Star State.

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