Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and his Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, were asked Friday night - in what moderators meant to be a polite end to their first debate - to say something nice about each other.
On Saturday, animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) handed out free barbecued tofu outside of a restaurant in Columbus, TX, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz held a event for his re-election campaign to the United States Senate. Central Time, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Ted Cruz by two points.
Recent polls show that the race between Cruz and O'Rourke is relatively close for Texas, which has not sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1992. "This is your trick of the trade, to confuse and incite based on fear".
The vast differences between the two candidates on nearly every hot topic were on display, particularly immigration and border security.
Asked what he admired about O'Rourke, Cruz managed to compare him to Sen. Cruz wants to add more officers and metal detectors in schools.
Each candidate displayed the sort of strengths that have earned them the praise or enmity of the opposing camp. - Cruz appeared to fit in a jab, or at least a back-handed compliment.
When Cruz stopped speaking, O'Rourke wryly deadpanned: "True to form".
The topic of the debate was domestic policy. It will be broadcast live on NBC 5/KXAS, its website and the Dallas Morning News' website as well.
"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.
This was the first time O'Rourke has challenged reports of the incident.
"Thoughts and prayers, Senator Cruz, are just not going to cut it anymore".
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I also went to the cotton gin in Roscoe. Cruz started with a similar response, pointing out that they both have young children and saying, "Every day, when I leave for the campaign trail, it's hard".
"Instead of suggesting the police are risking their lives to protect all of us and turning people against police, I think it's profoundly irresponsible", Cruz said.
National attention in the race has grown as O'Rourke has raised more money than Cruz.
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The Congressman also believes that the white supremacist rally held at Charlottesville a year ago was a creation of the left. "It's is intervention time and intervention time means that you go to vote and you go to vote Paul out", Tim Gosar said.
"Did you?" the moderator asked. Texas Rangers and the Dallas County district attorney quickly charged Guyger with manslaughter. On the city's east side, Beto O'Rourke supporters filled his "Get-Out-The-Vote" headquarters.
"I'll tell you, it's a troubling pattern", Cruz said. O'Rourke speaks for millions who do not see it that way.
"We have something wrong", O'Rourke said.
But on one question in particular, Cruz tried to answer for his humiliating about-face on President Donald Trump.
O'Rourke insisted he would work with anyone who has the best interests of Texas in mind, including Trump.
Cruz agreed with O'Rourke's sentiments and expressed the same to his Democratic opponent.
"I could care less about any party at this moment", O'Rourke said.
The Nov. 6 congressional elections will determine whether Republicans will retain control of Congress. Democrats need to win a net total of two additional seats to take the Senate and 23 to assume the majority in the House. "And I commend you for fighting for what you believe in".
O'Rourke, meanwhile, needs an overwhelming Democratic turnout and big gains in Texas' conservative suburbs. We need a USA senator who will stand up to this president.
Cruz has criticized O'Rourke as a liberal out of touch with Texan values.
"This is why people don't like Washington D.C.", O'Rourke said.
He also moved the race rating in West Virginia in favor of Democrats and the Montana race from likely to lean Democratic.
The second debate between Cruz and O'Rourke is set for September 30 at the University of Houston. Early voting begins October 22. Polls over the previous year have shown O'Rourke growing closer and closer to Cruz, and at least one poll - an Ipsos online poll of likely voters - put O'Rourke ahead by two points this week.
Friday night was the first debate for Cruz and O'Rourke.
Gun rights were discussed and the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School was brought up.