Cruz, Beto Square Off at SMU in First Debate

Posted September 24, 2018

They'll face off in Dallas at Southern Methodist University.

So all the country music fans Willie Nelson says he doesn't care that we are upset he's doing a fundraiser for a Democrat so let's make sure we don't let Willie forget he said that. "I'm sorry you don't like thoughts and prayers". O'Rourke, meanwhile, needs an overwhelming Democratic turnout and big gains in Texas' conservative suburbs.

In August, Caucasian Texas former cop Roy Oliver was found guilty after gunning down unarmed black teenager Jordan Edwards was riding in a vehicle with his brother and friends after a party. Cruz advocated for more armed police officers in schools.

"I did not try to leave the scene of the accident", O'Rourke responded.

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

O'Rourke has become a national figure over the past few months for running a shockingly successful campaign against sitting senator Ted Cruz. He has complained that outside Democratic groups are providing O'Rourke with a fundraising advantage. "If we're talking about ending the war on drugs, the war on people, and some people over other people in this country, and ending the prohibition on marijuana, he'll talk about legalizing heroin and cocaine. But ensure that 242 years into this audacious experiment, that we are still a nation of laws, and not one of men".

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But Cruz often put him on the defensive, clouding his positive message. That depends on who you ask.

Representative Beto O'Rourke speaks during a campaign rally in Plano, Texas, Sept. 15, 2018.

He suggested those were supported by "gunowners and non-gunowners alike, ' and that offering 'thoughts and prayers" wasn't enough.

"It's their prerogative", he said, before jokingly adding, "I might not like their music, either". "I will pray for anyone in harm's way". Without denying it, Cruz shot back that O'Rourke is focused on "fighting for illegal immigrants" and that "Americans are Dreamers". But O'Rourke said the senator "has a tendency to mischaracterize a position". Ted Cruz, contradicted police reports Friday by denying he tried to flee the scene of a 1998 drunken auto crash.

There will be two more debates before Election Day - one in Houston and another in San Antonio.

Bernie Sanders, someone "out of step with the people of Texas" who wants to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, take away Texans' guns, and impeach President Trump. Though he may not knock off Cruz, the argument goes, a close loss could only further boost his national profile. 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.

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