Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Donald Trump Props Up Ted Cruz

Donald Trump Props Up Ted Cruz

Add Midterm Elections as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Midterm Elections news, video, and analysis from ABC News. O'Rourke had $22.9 million in the bank at the close of the third quarter of 2018, giving him enough money to advertise across the state in the race's final three weeks.

"Watched the debate last night & Beto O'Rourke, who wants higher taxes and far more regulations, is not in the same league with Ted Cruz & what the great people of Texas stand for & want", Trump wrote. He also repeatedly cast O'Rourke as a key agitator if Democrats take Congress for the next two years under Trump.

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

Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Sen.

"He's dishonest", O'Rourke said.

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The Democrat contender for the Senate abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism and laid into Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent.

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".

From the first question he fielded, O'Rourke took unprompted jabs at his Republican opponent.

"Look all you've heard from Sen".

In the clip - which was funded by the "Fire Cruz" PAC - a man sitting at a diner says, "Everybody I know in Texas likes Whataburger".

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It was a change in strategy for O'Rourke, who has been hesitant to attack Cruz while portraying himself as a figure who could bring Texans together.

"You want to talk about a shutdown?"

O'Rourke continued his more combative approach through the debate.

Trump, who is coming to Houston on Monday for a rally with Cruz, fueled a number of contentious exchanges during the debate at the studios of KENS 5, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio. You were all talk and no action. Most of the party's candidates for statewide office in Texas over the last two election cycles lost by margins of more than 20 percentage points.

Cruz cited his work helping to pass the Republican tax reform bill previous year as an area where he has delivered for the state of Texas. He said he can work with the president and criticized O'Rourke for saying he's in favor of impeaching the president.

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"The bitterness, the partisanship, the pettiness, the dishonesty that defines so much of the national conversation: We are in desperate need right now of inspiration", he said. "I only represent the people of Texas". The candidates sparred on taxes, US policy on climate change, immigration, judicial philosophy and health care.

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