O'Rourke attacks Cruz as 'dishonest' in testy 2nd Texas Senate debate

"Mr. Trump endorsed his former primary opponent and took to Twitter promising to hold a major rally for Cruz.But support from the president might actually work against Cruz when it comes to some voters.How to watch the Ted Cruz - Beto O'Rouke debate" Before [Cruz] ran for president, he campaigned and created an image in Texas of being a conservative fighter who never backs down. Beto O'Rourke "wants higher taxes and far more regulations", the president tweeted Wednesday morning after watching the debate between Cruz and O'Rourke Tuesday.

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

Ted Cruz is the butt of another joke, this time it's an ad aimed at the senator's appreciation for the fast food joint, White Castle, instead of Texas' Whataburger. "It's why the president called him "Lyin" Ted' and it's why the nickname stuck - because it's true".

Even when Cruz tried to say that he and O'Rourke were somewhat in agreement on opposing the Trump administration's tariffs on foreign-made goods, O'Rourke drew laughs by replying, "Really interesting to hear you talk about the partisan circus after your six years in the Senate", a reference to Cruz's days as a tea party insurgent who battled the President Barack Obama at every turn.

"Congressman O'Rourke doesn't want to build the wall", Cruz said, again calling his opponent's views on the issue "extreme". In the first, Davis mocks Cruz for courting President Donald Trump, despite Trump's repeated attacks on his wife and the president's claims that Cruz's father was involved in the Kennedy assassination.

AUSTIN, Texas ― Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke repeatedly attacked Sen.

Early voting begins Monday. A poll average compiled by Real Clear Politics gives Cruz a lead of 7 percentage points, and a CNN poll published on Tuesday gave Cruz a similar margin. O'Rourke set a Senate record for a single three-month period with $38 million in third-quarter donations, more than triple the haul for Cruz.

The Democrat's uphill campaign has attracted national attention and a flood of financial donations.

The video then cuts to a clip of Cruz on the Senate floor saying that he likes White Castle burgers, to which the character responds, "There's not a White Castle within 900 miles of Texas, Ted". Ted Cruz, the one-time presidential candidate whose Senate seat O'Rourke is aiming to capture next month.

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". He highlighted Cruz's 2016 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, saying Cruz hasn't visited all of the 254 counties in Texas, "but has been to all 99 in Iowa". O'Rourke asked. "You are all talk and no action".

  • Tracy Klein