Beto O’Rourke Borrows 'Lyin' Ted' Insult As He Repeatedly Attacks Sen

Saul Bowman
October 19, 2018

O'Rourke has repeatedly called for civility, going so far as to tweet in support of Cruz when Cruz and his wife, Heidi, were chased out of a restaurant by protesters in Washington, D.C. Ted Cruz as "all talk and no action" during the second - and potentially final - debate of the Texas Senate race Tuesday night.

Early into the action, Cruz criticized O'Rourke for supporting a proposal that explored imposing a tax on oil production.

O'Rourke criticized Cruz for associating with someone who would say such things about his family. "He's going to make up positions and votes that I've never held or have ever taken", O'Rourke said, "He's dishonest, it's why the president called him "Lyin" Ted, ' and it's why the nickname stuck - because it's true".

Cruz laughed it off and tried to turn attention back to polls that show the Democrat falling behind the Republican.

"Congressman O'Rourke doesn't want to build the wall", Cruz said, again calling his opponent's views on the issue "extreme". Cruz noted O'Rourke is "the only Democratic Senate nominee in the country who has explicitly come out for impeaching President Trump".


O'Rourke will need a comeback in conservative Texas, which has not elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.

Seeking to discredit criticism of his record, O'Rourke repurposed the barb against Trump's former GOP presidential primary rival. A debate that had been planned for September 30 in Houston was postponed amid the battle over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it has not yet been rescheduled.

In a line that underscored Democratic worries that O'Rourke hasn't won over enough Latino voters, Cruz said: "The people of Texas, and I will say, especially the Hispanic community, we don't want to see taxpayer-funded, Medicaid-funded abortions". "Listen if you have this special relationship with President Trump, then where is the result of that?" O'Rourke set a Senate record for a single three-month period with $38 million in third-quarter donations, more than triple the haul for Cruz. O'Rourke accused Cruz of not doing enough to stand up to Trump when it came to Russian Federation and that the state needs a "full-time senator" rather than someone who concentrates on running for president. 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 has made gains in Texas by hammering O'Rourke as out of step with Texas voters because of his liberal stances, including his support for universal healthcare, a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and some gun-control measures. He highlighted Cruz's 2016 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, saying Cruz hasn't visited all of the 254 counties in Texas, "but has been to all 99 in Iowa".

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