O’Rourke swings harder at Cruz in second Texas Senate debate

Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy III and Beto O’Rourke embraced Saturday in McAllen Texas. O’Rourke is running for the US Senate seat held by Ted Cruz

Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy III and Beto O’Rourke embraced Saturday in McAllen Texas. O’Rourke is running for the US Senate seat held by Ted Cruz

Cruz kept O'Rourke on the defensive when they debated last month in Dallas, and O'Rourke, who had maintained a feel-good message, has promised a sharper tone Tuesday night in San Antonio.

O'Rourke's comment came in response to Cruz's criticism of the Democrat's desire for a tax on oil production.

"He voted to add $2 trillion dollars", O'Rourke said while answering a question about America's debt, which has mushroomed since Republicans passed a controversial tax cut. "It's why the president called him "Lyin" Ted, ' and why the nickname stuck".

However, Batheja said more people will be looking to see whether O'Rourke attacks Cruz the way some Democrats have been hoping for."Until now O'Rourke has been running a very positive campaign". During the 2016 presidential race, Trump re-tweeted an unflattering photo of Cruz's wife and suggested that his Cuban-born father had a hand in John F. Kennedy's assassination.

Cruz claimed that O'Rourke is the only Senate Democratic candidate this cycle who has explicitly supported Trump's impeachment. He also repeatedly cast O'Rourke as a key agitator if Democrats take Congress for the next two years under Trump.

When O'Rourke said he wanted to expand federally funded health care to more Americans, Cruz said the congressman agreed with Vermont Sen. A debate that had been planned for September 30 in Houston was postponed amid the battle over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it has not yet been rescheduled.

Early voting begins Monday.

GOP decries Dems' 'mob rule,' flipping the script
And one of the reasons I was so proud of the result last Saturday on Judge Kavanaugh is that we stood up for two things. The video includes footage of former Attorney General Eric Holder saying , "When they go low, we kick them".

O'Rourke has shattered fundraising records and attracted national attention, but polls that once showed him staying within striking distance now have Cruz ahead. "The tariffs that the president has levied, the trade wars that he has led us into, is hurting no state more than it's hurting Texas".

Both candidates lobbed attacks throughout, taking more aggressive stances as the race enters the final stretch and Democrats try to keep their fledgling hopes of re-taking the Senate alive despite a hard host of races in many states President Donald Trump won handily in 2016.

Cruz has made gains in Texas by hammering O'Rourke as out of step with Texas voters because of his liberal stances, including his support for universal healthcare, a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and some gun-control measures.

Cruz, who challenged Trump unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, will get help from his former rival next week when Trump headlines a Houston campaign rally for Cruz and other Texas Republicans.

"You are all talk and no action", he told Cruz.

Cruz accused O'Rourke of being eager to bring impeachment proceedings against Trump, contending that a Democratic Senate would provoke "two years of a partisan circus".

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