Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Cruz vs. O'Rourke: Two polls show different results

Cruz vs. O'Rourke: Two polls show different results

Cruz and O'Rouke last week agreed to three debates. O'Rourke frequently complained that Cruz was misrepresenting his positions - at one point accusing the incumbent Republican of "slander".

Cruz urged Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Cruz is a member, next week.

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

O'Rourke, a US 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. Without denying it, Cruz shot back that O'Rourke is focused on "fighting for illegal immigrants" and that "Americans are Dreamers". Mentioning some lower-level judges Mr. O'Rourke said were unsavory yet earned Mr. Cruz's endorsement, Mr. O'Rourke contended Judge Kavanaugh's record with voting rights cases should give marginalized or minority populations in Texas pause. "Imagine the cost, imagine the stain on this country for generations moving forward". He could remain at odds with the president, which Mr. Cruz said would have been selfish and a disservice to his constituents, or he could join Mr. Trump in passing legislation like the tax overhaul that Mr. Cruz repeatedly credited with jumpstarting the economy so that "Texans lives are better". The state "needs a senator who will work with the president where we can and stand up to him where we must", O'Rourke said.

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National attention in the race has grown as O'Rourke has raised more money than Cruz.

"I hope she comes and has a full opportunity to tell her story in a way that is respectful", Cruz said.

Friday night was the first debate for Cruz and O'Rourke. The two candidates will square off twice more before election day. 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 has drawn large crowds in Texas and a following among progressives nationally. 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. But a variety of polls show that O'Rourke is staying within striking distance - prompting Cruz to go negative in ads lately, attacking his opponent for defending NFL players' right to protest during the national anthem and his opposition to the Trump administration's hardline stance on immigration.

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