Cruz, O'Rourke Hold Their First Debate In Dallas

Geraldine Edwards
September 24, 2018

The first of three debates between Cruz and O'Rourke is scheduled for this evening at 6:00 p.m.

The topic of the debate is domestic policy, and it will be moderated by NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine and Dallas Morning News political writer Gromer Jeffers.

In what has become a down-to-the-wire race for the US senate seat - a position that has been held by a Republican since 1993 - Friday's debate saw Cruz and O'Rourke clash in person for the first time.

"To rewrite our immigration laws in our own image and to ensure that we begin by freeing Dreamers from the fear of deportation by making them USA citizens, they can contribute to their full potential", O'Rourke said. 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.

Throughout the debate, O'Rourke repeatedly reminded viewers that he was the only candidate on the stage who has visited all 254 counties in Texas - and forcefully pushed back several times as he came under fire from Cruz.

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Friday night was the first debate for Cruz and O'Rourke.

O'Rourke adds that when he calls for decriminalizing marijuana, Cruz mistakenly equates that to legalizing heroin and cocaine and concluded, "No one wants to do any of that".

Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke has denounced this incident as an example of racial injustice in policing, of which there is overwhelming evidence exists on a wide scale.

Sen. Ted Cruz slammed his opponent for the "extreme rhetoric" and defended the integrity of the vast majority of law enforcement officers. "Get a better idea of what they're going to do for you, or not do for you".

Cruz also said school shootings are a result of "removing God from the public square", and he called for more armed police officers in schools. However, a recent Reuters poll showed O'Rourke two points ahead of Cruz.

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O'Rourke said the 3.5 million DACA-enrolled and eligible illegal aliens - those protected by former President Obama's executive amnesty - needed "freeing" from deportation.

Mr. O'Rourke claimed things like "universal background checks" would make schools and other places "demonstrably safer", before chiding Mr. Cruz that "thoughts and prayers are not going to cut it". During the 2016 presidential race, the moderators reminded the audience, Mr. Trump savagely attacked Mr. Cruz as "Lying Ted", while Mr. Cruz characterized Mr. Trump as an inveterate liar himself.

But on one question in particular, Cruz tried to answer for his humiliating about-face on President Donald Trump.

Cruz went out of his way to paint O'Rourke as to the left of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen.

Cruz and O'Rourke will face off again September 30 in Houston and October 16 in San Antonio. Early voting begins October 22.

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