Cruz, O'Rourke Hold First Debate In Dallas

Beto O'Rourke speaks during the general session at the Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth Texas. O'Rourke will have the first of three scheduled debates Friday Sept. 21 2018 in Dallas against

The third will be in San Antonio on October 16.

Toward the end of the hourlong debate, O'Rourke, the former punk rock bassist who in recent weeks has become a viral Hollywood darling, shouted out London genre pioneers the Clash, and said that Cruz was working for "the clampdown".

On Saturday, animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) handed out free barbecued tofu outside of a restaurant in Columbus, TX, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz held a event for his re-election campaign to the United States Senate.

Like Sanders, Cruz said O'Rourke believes in socialism.

"Sorry you don't like thoughts and prayers", Mr. Cruz shot back, adding he would pray for anyone at any time. "He wants liberal judicial activists on the court to impose the policies he wants".

"Ms. Ford's allegations must be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, full stop", Mr. O'Rourke began his comments. 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. He also said that O'Rourke was more to the left on policy than Sen.

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Looming over the race is the omnipresence of President Trump.

That election was "one like no other", Mr. Cruz said with a smile, before saying after it he "faced a choice". "Cruz, for your public service".

The UVA poll also revealed that Hispanic voters supported O'Rourke over Cruz by a ratio of about 2-to-1.

"I've made the most that I could with my second chance and my opportunity", he continued, noting, "What I do know is that as a white man in this country, there is a privilege that I enjoy that many African-American men and women do not". "That system of suspecting somebody solely based on the color of their skin, searching that person solely based on the color of their skin, stopping that person solely based on the color of their skin, shooting that person solely based on the color of their skin, throwing the book at that person and letting them rot behind bars solely based on the color of their skin, is why some have called this - I think it is an apt description - the new Jim Crow". Cruz dismissed many such visits as photo-ops.

Mr. O'Rourke, in turn, did not deny he favors higher taxes but stressed instead a format he said favors the wealthy and stands as a misguided move for a nation deeply in debt.

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