O'Rourke attacks 'Lyin' Ted Cruz as US Senate debate gets personal

Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy III and Beto O’Rourke embraced Saturday in McAllen Texas. O’Rourke is running for the US Senate seat held by Ted Cruz

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Cruz decried O'Rourke's "extreme views" on abortion.

Cruz's comment was a reference to O'Rourke's past comments that he supported impeaching Trump. Early voting starts in Texas in six days, and recent polls show O'Rourke slipping further behind in conservative Texas, which has not elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.

Monday, Linklater sized up Cruz again and hit him where it hurts, mocking his campaign's weird attack on O'Rourke for being a "Triple Meat Whataburger liberal", whatever that means, and showing a clip from the Senate floor during which Cruz proclaims his love for White Castle.

Cruz claimed that O'Rourke is the only Senate Democratic candidate this cycle who has explicitly supported Trump's impeachment.

Over the hourlong event, the El Paso congressman took a series of harsher-than-usual swings at Cruz - including a couple of blows evocative of the senator's battle with Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race.

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The momentum may have turned in Cruz's favor since the two squared off in Dallas last month, against the backdrop of the debate over Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Seeking to discredit criticism of his record, O'Rourke repurposed the barb against Trump's former GOP presidential primary rival.

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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 there needed to be a greater focus on screening methods for people entering the country, and hit Cruz for his vote against a permanent solution for Dreamers, recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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The two also clashed over the issue of border security, and on whether or not building a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border is the best way to reduce illegal immigration.

On Tuesday night, the Democrat went on the attack with charges such as, "Ted Cruz is for Ted Cruz". "Listen if you have this special relationship with President Trump, then where is the result of that?"

"You want to talk about a shutdown?" The Democrat has a campaign war chest worth $22.9 million, more than double Cruz's about $11.3 million in cash on-hand.

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's dishonest", he said. "But I'll tell you what, traveling the state of Texas, meeting people regardless of their walk of life, their background, their party affiliation, you have inspired me".

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

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