Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Cruz, O'Rourke debate in Dallas

Cruz, O'Rourke debate in Dallas

O'Rourke said racial profiling, discriminatory stop-and-frisk searches, racially motivated police shootings and discriminatory sentencing should be collectively considered as the "new Jim Crow". "Vast majority of police officers are courageous, honorable, and risk their lives keeping us safe; it's wrong to smear them as racists".

"My views on immigration are simple and I've summed them up many times in just four words - legal good, illegal bad".

"We're seeing nationally socialists like Bernie Sanders, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and, indeed, Congressman Beto O'Rourke advocating for those same policies", Cruz said.

The Washington Post fact-checked the claim and said it couldn't be rated because it was unclear if the reference meant that O'Rourke believed unarmed black children were being killed generally, or killed by police.

The two were also asked about the recent shooting death of Jean by Guyger.

O'Rourke called for the FBI to investigate Ford's claims, something that Senate Republicans have resisted, and argued that Kavanaugh's nomination should be rejected. Cruz challenged that stance saying O'Rourke is basically attacking all law enforcement with his statement.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke clashed over police shootings and gun rights in the first debate of their competitive Texas Senate race. Citing state and local police reports, the Houston Chronicle reported last month that a witness said he tried to flee. Now, I think what he's fighting for doesn't work.

Republican Cruz has used his campaign to attack his opponent for defending NFL players' right to protest police brutality during the national anthem.

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Cruz also said that Martin Luther King Jr., if he were alive, would oppose the anthem protests because he respected the American flag.

Among the issues that O'Rourke had with Cruz's proposed debate schedule was every one fell on a Friday evening during high school football season. O'Rourke talked about learning to shoot as a kid, but also said it's time for universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons. That topic igniting another heated exchange.

The conservative US senator from Texas is being outpaced and overshadowed by his progressive challenger, Beto O'Rourke, who is pushing to be the first Democrat in Texas to be elected to the Senate in 30 years.

After a concise summary of the importance of the Supreme Court's Heller decision which reaffirmed an individual right to bear arms, Mr. Cruz ended his remarks declaring Mr. O'Rourke is about "writing the Second Amendment out of the Bill of Rights".

Asked Friday about Trump's 2016 criticism, which included making fun of Cruz's wife's appearance and suggesting that his Cuban-born father had a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Cruz said, "I could have chosen to make it about myself", but instead he said he worked with Trump to further Texas interests.

"I think we've got two effective communicators here and, so in that sense, both debaters will be pleased in their performance. They put their ideas forward effectively there were no major gaffs or stumbles so overall strong for both sides", Wilson said. They complemented each other's passion and devotion to their families. But polls show that O'Rourke is staying close. Snappy and heavy on snark, Cruz and O'Rourke held nothing back in the first of three debates. That's a big deal in Texas, which hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.

The pair will square off again next weekend in Cruz's hometown of Houston, and a third and final debate is set for San Antonio three weeks before the November 6 election.

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