Beto Came Out Swinging in His Debate With Ted Cruz

Richard Linklater Livens Up Cruz-O'Rourke Race

Richard Linklater Livens Up Cruz-O'Rourke Race

"Watched the debate last night & Beto O'Rourke, who wants higher taxes and far more regulations, is not in the same league with Ted Cruz & what the great people of Texas stand for & want. He's going to make up positions and votes that I've never held".

At the conclusion of the debate, O'Rourke offered a closing statement in the same vein of the soaring rhetoric that has earned him comparisons to former President Barack Obama and the late Robert Kennedy, comparisons his Republican detractors say are overblown.

"It's clear Congressman O'Rourke's pollsters have told him to come out on the attack", Cruz said.

Democrats have long dreamed about a growing Hispanic population helping to flip Texas from red to blue and shaking up the electoral map.

Cruz has maintained an uneasy lead over O'Rourke in recent polls despite O'Rourke out-fundraising him the last six quarters of the cycle.

O'Rourke tried to engender empathy from an audience in Lubbock, Texas, claiming, "I grew up in El Paso where no U.S. Senator ever opened an office". And he sought to use the GOP president against Cruz, who clashed with Trump on the campaign trail in 2016.

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"Ted is strong on Crime, Border & 2nd A, loves our Military, Vets, Low Taxes". Trump wrote. "Beto is a Flake!"

Cruz decried O'Rourke's "extreme views" on abortion.

It's the race's last scheduled debate after one in Houston was canceled amid Senate floor votes.

"Cruz will put his political ambition, his prospects in the election ahead of anything else, including his family, including those he's sworn to represent here in Texas", O'Rourke told reporters, the Houston Chronicle reported. "It's a campaign based on fear", O'Rourke said, "It's the same person who shut down the government of the United States of America for sixteen days, perhaps because he though too many people had too much healthcare". Bernie Sanders and supported socialized medicine that would cost trillions and require sky-high tax increases. "If you have this special relationship with President Trump, then where is the result of that?"

Ted Cruz is the butt of another joke, this time it's an ad aimed at the senator's appreciation for the fast food joint, White Castle, instead of Texas' Whataburger. The Democrat has a campaign war chest worth $22.9 million, more than double Cruz's about $11.3 million in cash on-hand.

He also noted that his monster fundraising has come without accepting donations from outside political groups, but Cruz said O'Rourke still "goes with the left-wing national activists and left-wing national donors". O'Rourke asked. "You are all talk and no action".

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