Cruz, O’Rourke getting combative in close Texas Senate race

Frederick Owens
September 23, 2018

Nowhere in this clip does O'Rourke attack the police in general, dispute the need for effective policing, or insist that all or most officers are racist.

"I hope she comes and has a full opportunity to tell her story in a way that is respectful", Cruz said. "I will pray for anyone in harm's way, but I'll also do something about".

In more personal matters, O'Rourke was asked about his 1998 drunk-driving arrest - and whether he sought to leave the scene, a fresher detail that recently emerged about the incident that he has otherwise openly discussed.

In the debate, the two candidates clashed over issues such as immigration, gun rights, trade, and protests of the National Anthem, with O'Rourke frequently complaining that Cruz was misrepresenting his positions.

"The high-velocity high-impact round from an AR-15 will blow a hole the size of an orange out your back", O'Rourke said. Texas Rangers and the Dallas County district attorney quickly charged Guyger with manslaughter. O'Rourke's supporters, many sporting "Beto for Senate" shirts, were quite vocal - especially when the debate ended, when a large portion stood and cheered.

Such work would prove hard, Mr. Cruz said, given Mr. O'Rourke "has never talked to the president and wants to vote for impeachment".

"Texas is a tough state to poll (lots of new residents, low turnout among certain voting groups, may be hard to reach Spanish-speaking voters)", Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, said on Twitter. It is not clear precisely what part of O'Rourke's argument he disagrees with - that it's wrong for police to murder an innocent person in their home?

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

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O'Rourke insisted he would work with anyone who has the best interests of Texas in mind, including Trump. O'Rourke has denied he is a socialist, and he does not support worker ownership of the means of production in society, which is the traditionally accepted definition of socialism.

O'Rourke began by praising Cruz's work ethic and his family's sacrifice.

Singer Willie Nelson said Tuesday he wasn't bothered by the backlash he has received over the decision to headline a rally for Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke.

Cruz was asked how he had gone from his 2016 presidential primary battle with President Donald Trump - in which Trump insulted the appearance of Cruz's wife, Heidi, and accused Cruz's father of being involved in a conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy - to being political allies now, with Trump planning a trip to Texas. "But you are fighting for the principles you believe in and I commend that".

Cruz also touted this year's income tax overhaul and job growth.

"You have another unarmed black man killed in this country by law enforcement", O'Rourke said Friday. O'Rourke speaks for millions who do not see it that way. Cruz challenged that stance saying O'Rourke is basically attacking all law enforcement with his statement.

"We're for people. Not parties, not corporations, not special interests".

The topics ranged from security in schools to the health care needs of Texans.

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