The incumbent also criticized O'Rourke's past support for legalizing marijuana, evoking his older half-sister, Miriam, who died of a drug overdose.
O'Rourke mentioned several times how he has visited every district in Texas, while Cruz reminded those in attendance that he was "on the ground" in cities like Houston and Victoria following Hurricane Harvey. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); O'Rourke did what he could to distance himself from modern Democrats.
Of course, ridiculing O'Rourke for his name is a bold move for a man christened Rafael and makes Cruz seem a touch mean.
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. Ted Cruz traded blows in an atmosphere that somehow managed to convey the tight race pollsters say is unfolding and yet steer clear of any mudslinging.More news: Rodgers fears knee will get worse
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"If you drill down and look at the data for unarmed black children killed by police, there is virtually no support for the idea that this happens at a frightening level", the Post found. You may know the challenger better by the name Beto O'Rourke. Cruz said that O'Rourke was "out of step" with Texans as a liberal. "We asked 'Well, what do you do then?' The No. 1 answer was more armed police officers in schools".
He also pushed back at Cruz's suggestion that he supports doing away with the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which safeguards gun rights.
Mr. O'Rourke was measured in his criticism of Mr. Trump, although he did not dispute Mr. Cruz's point that Mr. O'Rourke is the only Democratic Senate candidate in these midterms who has vowed to vote to impeach Mr. Trump should the chance arise. "You were the runner up in the Republican primary for president, you ran against then NY businessman Donald Trump".
More fireworks flared up as Cruz and O'Rourke tackled the topic of their respective relationships with President Donald Trump.
Asked Friday about Trump's 2016 criticism, which included making fun of Cruz's wife's appearance and suggesting that his Cuban-born father had a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Cruz said, "I could have chosen to make it about myself", but instead he said he worked with Trump to further Texas interests.
KENS 5 will host the two candidates as they discuss domestic and foreign policy in San Antonio on October 16. Early voting begins October 22.