Trump backs Cruz, bashes O’Rourke as a ‘flake’ after feisty debate

17 October, 2018, 17:59 | Author: Sheila Harris
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President Donald Trump once called Sen.

Minutes into the debate, as Cruz accused O'Rourke of supporting a $10-a-barrel tax on oil, the El Paso congressman shot back that Cruz is "dishonest".

Cruz and O'Rourke wasted little time laying into each other in the final scheduled debate of a Texas Senate race that has become one of the country's hottest - even as polls suggest it may not stay close.

"It's why the President called him 'Lying Ted, ' and it's why the nickname stuck - because it's true", he said.

Cruz, who recent polls show is maintaining a high single-digits lead in the race against O'Rourke, shot back at his Democratic challenger.

The debate showcased differences over social media regulation to combat foreign interference in election - O'Rourke said he was open to it; Cruz was opposed - and a stark split on the Supreme Court and the potential for the reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

O'Rourke used the nickname Trump gave Cruz during the 2016 Republican presidential campaign.

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

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Cruz responded in kind, saying that, as a senator, O'Rourke would create a "partisan circus" by attempting to impeach Trump. No Democrat has won any of Texas' almost 30 statewide offices since 1994, the nation's longest political losing streak.

Still, Cruz has been a full-throated supporter of Trump's since they battled during the presidential race - and hopes that the joint appearance will assuage some conservatives around the state who were angered by the past animosity. "It's a campaign based on fear", O'Rourke said, "It's the same person who shut down the government of the United States of America for sixteen days, perhaps because he though too many people had too much healthcare".

"Every time there is a choice between left-wing national activists and the people of Texas, he goes with left-wing national activists", Cruz said.

"You want to talk about a shutdown?" He's going to make up positions and votes that I've never held, ' he said during the debate in a San Antonio television studio.

Cruz said O'Rourke was eager to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump that would lead to a partisan circus. You were all talk and no action.

O'Rourke criticized Trump for alienating trade partners like Canada and Mexico, and said his trade war is "hurting no state more than it's hurting Texas".

Cue a clip of Cruz declaring that "I'm a big fan of eating White Castle burgers".

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