Cruz vs. O'Rourke: Two polls show different results

Geraldine Edwards
September 22, 2018

O'Rourke responded that the accusation was "simply not true".

After a concise summary of the importance of the Supreme Court's Heller decision which reaffirmed an individual right to bear arms, Mr. Cruz ended his remarks declaring Mr. O'Rourke is about "writing the Second Amendment out of the Bill of Rights". "I've got to say, [PETA] summed up the entire election", Cruz said.

O'Rourke, who is challenging Sen. He suggested those were supported by "gunowners and non-gunowners alike", but when he said the common GOP refrain after gun violence of offering "thoughts and prayers" wasn't enough, Cruz bristled. "But you are fighting for the principles you believe in and I commend that". "I will pray for anyone in harm's way". "If Texas elects a Democrat, they're going to ban barbecue across the state".

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Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) and Sen.

The upscale University Park area surrounding the serene college campus where Friday night's debate will take place is exactly the type of battleground that both Cruz and O'Rourke need to perform well if they want to emerge victorious in November.

"Representative O'Rourke, you have addressed your 1998 DWI arrest numerous times during your public career, but not this question", the moderator said.

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For those who like watching with a partisan support group, the O'Rourke campaign has organized a San Antonio watch party at Burleson Beer Garden, and there's also one sponsored by the Bexar County Democratic Party.

Cruz, a seasoned debater for many years who gained even more prominent experience as a presidential candidate in 2016, will likely us tonight's battle with O'Rourke as a chance to calm Republican nerves that he could lose his seat and imperil the party's slim 51 to 49 majority in the U.S. Senate. Though he may not knock off Cruz, the argument goes, a close loss could only further boost his national profile. Cruz has even tried to tie O'Rourke to preferring tofu over Texas' iconic barbeque.

President Trump will visit Texas in October to stump for Cruz. 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. "The allegations she has raised are serious, and they deserve to be treated with respect", Cruz said.

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O'Rourke's candidacy was once viewed as the longest of long shots.

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