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The pair will square off twice more before Election day as a race that once looked like a Cruz cakewalk tightens. Cruz painted O'Rourke as a far-left ideologue beholden to "liberal interests".

Cruz admitted that his Democrat competitor was giving him a 'real race, ' but is banking his re-election on energizing Republican voters who have denied Texas Democrats from winning any statewide office in the last 25 years. "That's not what Texans want".

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An NBC News/Marist College poll from earlier this month showed Cruz leading with 49 percent support among likely voters to 45 percent support for O'Rourke. That means technology. That means infrastructure. "And we can do that all at the same time that we are celebrating legal immigrants".

Cruz said that Dr. Martin Luther King would not have "stood for" Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests, during which the NFL player famously kneeled pregame to bring awareness to police-involved violence.

Immigration, law enforcement, gun control, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh were just a few of the issues that U.S. Sen.

A Dallas Morning News analysis of Cruz's votes found that Cruz had the third-most absences of any senator in 2015, and had the most absences in the Senate in 2016. "Imagine the cost, imagine the stain on this country for generations moving forward".

The debate begins at 6 p.m.at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is the first of three hour-long debates between the two Texas candidates. The Texas Tribune will feature the livestream of the debate on this page. A few weeks ago, a white officer from the Dallas suburbs was convicted of murdering a black teenager.

Of course, ridiculing O'Rourke for his name is a bold move for a man christened Rafael and makes Cruz seem a touch mean.

With the moderators seeking to move on, Cruz interjected to assert that "more armed police officers in our school is not thoughts and prayers".

"That injustice. continues to persist today", O'Rourke said.

He also pushed back at Cruz's suggestion that he supports doing away with the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which safeguards gun rights.

Cruz recalled meeting with students and teachers from the school. "I've been supporting Democrats all my life", he said.

"Nobody should be in their own home and shot and killed in their own home", Cruz said.

"Thoughts and prayers, Sen". "The people of Texas - the children of Texas - deserve action". Cruz dismissed many such visits as photo-ops. "I've got a responsibility, which is to fight for every person here and every person in this state".

I also went to the cotton gin in Roscoe.

Each candidate displayed the sort of strengths that have earned them the praise or enmity of the opposing camp. Bernie Sanders and socialism.