Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

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

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

The vote in question was a 2016 House GOP resolution that rejected the idea of a new oil tax.

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's comment was a reference to O'Rourke's past comments that he supported impeaching Trump.

The pair clashed on abortion regulations, the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and a border wall backed by the Trump administration.

Cruz fired back repeatedly, casting O'Rourke as out of touch with the values of Texas voters during a free-swinging debate that turned personal over divisive issues such as healthcare, climate change and the possible impeachment of Trump.

When O'Rourke said he wanted to expand federally funded health care to more Americans, Cruz said that would mean socialized medicine that would cost trillions and require sky-high tax increases.

O'Rourke said on Tuesday that he was "a little surprised" by Cruz's vote against the measure, saying it showed that the incumbent "won't stand up for us". O'Rourke would blow it all!

Some examples of O'Rourke's flights of fancy: the Post itself gave O'Rourke "Four Pinocchios" for his claim that he did not try to leave the scene of an accident in 1998 when he was driving drunk. Cruz called it socialized medicine that the US won't be able to afford.

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O'Rourke is trailing behind Cruz in the latest polls, despite his record-setting $38 million in campaign funds last quarter.

Democrats have long dreamed about a growing Hispanic population helping to flip Texas from red to blue and shaking up the electoral map.

Polls this summer suggested he was staying within striking distance, but Cruz has more recently opened up around 10-point leads.

Cruz said. "With Congressman O'Rourke leading the way, [there'll be] two years of a partisan circus and a witch hunt on the president".

"I'm against tariffs. I'm against the trade war", Cruz said.

It's the race's last scheduled debate after one in Houston was canceled amid Senate floor votes.

After the debate, O'Rourke was set to head to the Rio Grande Valley to participate in a CNN town hall Thursday in McAllen. Trump carried the state by almost a million votes in 2016. Cruz has been a full-throated supporter of the president he battled during the presidential race two years ago, and hopes that the joint appearance will assuage some conservatives around the state who were angered by the past animosity.

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