Beto O'Rourke debate; first debate for Texas Senator tonight

Democrat Beto O’Rourke attacks police as ‘the new Jim Crow’ just days after praising cops

Cruz and O'Rouke last week agreed to three debates.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic opponent, Repesentative Beto O'Rourke, are meeting for their first debate on Friday. 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.

"Dr. Christine Blasey Ford may testify about her allegations of attempted sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh", the debate moderator asked Cruz.

"Absolutely", the senator responded, noting that he was among the Republicans who called for Ford to be treated with "respect" when and if she testifies before the Judiciary committee.

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".

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

O'Rourke, a USA representative from El Paso, called for the FBI to investigate Ford's claims, something that Senate Republicans have resisted, and argued that Kavanaugh's nomination should be rejected. He noted that O'Rourke has expressed an openness toward abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and impeaching President Donald Trump.

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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".

"The challenge for O'Rourke is to show that he is more than just a charisma candidate, that he's more than just a pretty face or an empty suit, that he really does have command of the policy issues", Wilson said. "Imagine the stain on our conscience". "Cruz, for your public service".

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

Cruz and O'Rourke are facing each other in a surprisingly competitive US Senate race in Texas, a Republican stronghold. "I've got to say, [PETA] summed up the entire election", Cruz said.

Women are divided as 50 percent back Cruz and 48 percent back O'Rourke. Democrats need to win a net total of two additional seats to take the Senate and 23 to assume the majority in the House.

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

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