Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Ted Cruz meets with voters in Webster

Ted Cruz meets with voters in Webster

U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke faced off Friday evening in Dallas in the first of three televised debates.

In more personal matters, O'Rourke was asked about his 1998 drunk-driving arrest - and whether he sought to leave the scene, a fresher detail that recently emerged about the incident that he has otherwise openly discussed.

"Senator Cruz, the last time you stood for election was in 2016", said the moderator. "When he speaks, people take that to heart", Murphree said, calling O'Rourke's remarks "insulting to me as a citizen of this state and as a police officer". "How do you respond to critics who say that as it relates to President Trump, you've lost your dignity?"

O'Rourke said Cruz was trying "to mislead" the public. "Though driving drunk, which I did, is a awful mistake for which there is no excuse, or justification, or defense, and I will not try to provide one".

They differed on gun rights - with O'Rourke arguing for some limits on gun rights and saying that "thoughts and prayers are just not going to cut it", and Cruz insisting that "gun control is not the answer".

"I only learned later that marijuana is not a narcotic, even though it was precisely that drug that I felt people would be most open to debating", O'Rourke wrote.

This November, Soto, the UT lecturer, thinks O'Rourke might get slightly more Latinos to vote for him, but she cautious about whether it will be enough for him to win the Senate race. "The children of Texas deserve action", O'Rourke said.

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O'Rourke later walked back his statements and called the proposition "artless, and even inaccurate" in his 2011 book titled "Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the USA and Mexico". "There is nothing I would like more than to be pleasantly surprised by an increase in voter turnout, but I's going to be a ripple rather than a wave".

"Talking about criminal justice reform, let's talk about where this problem started", he said at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He believes in socialism.

The spat Cruz had with Trump in the 2016 primary, and the way Cruz capitulated nearly immediately after, was not just a matter of whether Cruz had the principles to stand up for himself or his family.

O'Rourke said he's concerned at the high numbers of black Americans who are killed by white police officers. It is not clear precisely what part of O'Rourke's argument he disagrees with - that it's wrong for police to murder an innocent person in their home?

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

Cruz has criticized O'Rourke as a liberal out of touch with Texan values. While he remains an underdog against Cruz in the traditionally conservative state, some recent polls have indicated the contest is tightening. The deadline to register to vote is October 9.

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