Beto O’Rourke revives Trump’s brutal nickname for Ted Cruz during debate

Cheryl Sanders
October 17, 2018

In the first, Davis mocks Cruz for courting President Donald Trump, despite Trump's repeated attacks on his wife and the president's claims that Cruz's father was involved in the Kennedy assassination.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, takes part in a debate for the Texas U.S. Senate with U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in San Antonio.

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".

"Congressman O'Rourke sides with liberal extremists on the national level, instead of the people of Texas - instead of jobs in Texas", Cruz said. "It's why the president called him "Lyin" Ted' and it's why the nickname stuck - because it's true".

Cruz laughed off the exchange saying it was obvious that O'Rourke needed to attack to try and reverse polls that show him fading.

He also noted that his monster fundraising has come without accepting donations from outside political groups, but Cruz said O'Rourke still 'goes with the left-wing national activists and left-wing national donors'.

O'Rourke, who is giving up his El Paso congressional seat to challenge Cruz, shattered Senate fundraising records with any eye-popping $38-plus million in the three-month period through September. A Democrat hasn't won statewide in Texas in 24 years. "It's a campaign based on fear", O'Rourke said, "It's the same person who shut down the government of the United States of America for sixteen days, perhaps because he though too many people had too much healthcare". He's going to make up positions and votes that I've never held, ' he said during the debate in a San Antonio television studio.

Still, Cruz has been a full-throated supporter of Trump's since they battled during the presidential race - and hopes that the joint appearance will assuage some conservatives around the state who were angered by the past animosity.

"Really interesting to hear you talk about a partisan circus after your last six years in the U.S. Senate", O'Rourke said to laughter in the audience. You were all talk and no action. A poll average compiled by Real Clear Politics gives Cruz a lead of 7 percentage points, and a new CNN poll published on Tuesday gave Cruz a similar margin.

O'Rourke criticized Cruz for his unwillingness to stand up to Trump on a range of issues, and said he had failed to stop Trump from pushing tariffs that would hurt Texas farmers and businesses.

While Cruz praised White Castle, O'Rourke is frequently spotted at Whataburger.

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