O'Rourke, Cruz spar in contentious debate

Speaking to reporters at Dallas' Southern Methodist University after Friday night's debate, O'Rourke says that when he defends NFL players' right to protest during the national anthem, Cruz likens it to endorsing burning of the USA flag.

Nelson was asked if he was "bothered by society that he was judged by who he liked politically".

Mr. O'Rourke, in turn, did not deny he favors higher taxes but stressed instead a format he said favors the wealthy and stands as a misguided move for a nation deeply in debt.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) and Sen.

So hmmmmm.to all the country music fans Willie Nelson says he doesn't care that we are upset he's doing a fundraiser for a Democrat so let's make sure we don't let Willie forget he said that.

The two were also asked about the recent shooting death of Jean by Guyger. O'Rourke pushed back.

Cruz then attacked O'Rourke on wanting to fire Guyger and being anti-police.

'We are not running against anyone, we're not running against anything, ' O'Rourke said. "You just said something that I did not say and attributed it to me".

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Friday's focus was domestic policy, and the candidates sparred over everything from immigration, healthcare and gun control to their opinions on professional football players taking a knee during the national anthem. O'Rourke supports people's rights to "take a knee", which he believes is a peaceful way to protest racial injustice.

Cruz didn't speak to the media afterward except to say he thought the debate "went great". O'Rourke supports banning assault rifles. That topic igniting another heated exchange. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in one of this year's most closely-watched Senate races, made the comments during a town hall Wednesday while discussing criminal justice reform.

It was nearly a nice moment during a heated one-hour political debate.

"I think we've got two effective communicators here and, so in that sense, both debaters will be pleased in their performance". "I have no idea because I haven't hidden it all that much". They complemented each other's passion and devotion to their families. At this point, he has outraised Cruz and outspent him on television.

The internet Likes may be with O'Rourke, but in terms of policy points, Cruz scored decidedly more cheers from the campus crowd.

An ex-punk rocker who has attracted glowing attention from national liberal circles for his high-energy campaign and monster fundraising, O'Rourke has been mentioned as a possible 2020 Democratic vice presidential candidate and even a 2020 White House hopeful.

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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