Trailing in polls, O’Rourke lays into Cruz in Texas debate

Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke has parlayed positive press into a $10 million fundraising advantage over Sen. 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.

This comment seems to raise some questions about how Trump defines "long". O'Rourke responded by evoking a moniker President Donald Trump bestowed on the senator when the pair were bitter rivals during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, saying, "Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you". There have been occasional polls showing O'Rourke closing the gap, but those rays of hope are often dimmed quickly - the Real Clear Politics average shows Cruz leading handily.

Trump added, "Ted Cruz has done so much for Texas, including massive cuts in taxes and regulations - which has brought Texas to the best jobs numbers in the history of the state". Trump wrote. "Beto is a Flake!" "It's why the president called him "Lyin" Ted, 'and why the nickname stuck".

O'Rourke has shattered fundraising records and attracted national attention, but polls that once showed him staying within striking distance now have Cruz ahead.

When O'Rourke said he wanted to expand federally funded health care to more Americans, Cruz said the congressman agreed with Vermont Sen.

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O'Rourke also reprised his attack on Cruz for focusing on his presidential ambitions so soon after he was elected to the U.S. Senate, and criticized the tone of his Republican opponent's campaign.

As O'Rourke hammered Cruz as more interested in his political career than representing Texas - "Ted Cruz is for Ted Cruz", the challenger said at one point - Cruz pressed his long-running case that O'Rourke is captive to the activist left and too liberal for Texas. He struggled at times to retort while Cruz, an experienced debater and former litigator, painted him as anti-police and out of step with the right-leaning Texas electorate. He accused his opponent of being "all talk and no action".

Tuesday's debate, the second between the two Senate contenders and the last scheduled before the November 6 election, comes at a critical time. Cruz countered that the movement "had done an incredible amount of good for this country" and that people of both sexes need to be protected from harassment and abuse.

Trump and Senate campaign leaders have trumpeted that victory, and plans to nominate more conservatives to lower tiers of the federal court system, in an effort to drum up stronger turnout by Republican voters. O'Rourke had $22.9 million in the bank at the close of the third quarter of 2018, giving him enough money to advertise across the state in the race's final three weeks.

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