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Ted Cruz, Beto O’rourke clash in the first debate on Trump, immigration and the Supreme Court

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Sen. Ted Cruz is locked in a fierce battle with Beto O’rourke

Democratic Congressman Beto O’rourke has parlayed positive press in a $10 million fundraising advantage over Sen. Ted Cruz; Peter Doocy reports from Houston, Texas.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and democratic Congressman Beto O’rourke met on Friday evening at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas in the first debate of the three scheduled before the Nov. 6 vote on Cruz’s seat.

In a material, but often also contentious, back-and-forth, the two men addressed a variety of topics, from immigration to the Supreme Court, their perspectives on working with President Trump.

“I worked hand-in-hand with the President on substance-and we have delivered victories,” Cruz, who lost the GOP presidential nomination trump in 2016, explained when asked about the cooperation with the President of the post-loss. “The Texans a better life. I could have chosen to make it about me, but I think that would already do the job I’ve been elected.”

O’rourke responded by slamming the Trump, stating the President’s criticism of the FBI and justice Department officials. “If the President attacks our organs, that is our business,” he argued. “We are still a nation of laws and not of men.”

“This state needs a senator who explained the work with the President, if he can do it and stand up to him when we need to,” O’rourke.

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Asked for their perspective on the immigration debate, the two men available to pithy answers. “My views on immigration are simple,” Cruz said, adding that it boiled down to four words: “Legal, well. Illegal, bad.” The senator argued, “do everything possible to secure the border.”

“We can do it all,” he said, “at the same time, we celebrate legal immigration.”

O’rourke, however, said that “we need to get people out of the shadows.”

“And Yes,” he said, “it should be an earned path to citizenship.”

Cruz and O’rourke later spoke about gun violence, with the former strongly reaffirmed its support for the Second Amendment. But, Cruz argues, the recent shootings in schools were symptomatic of deeper underlying issues. “There is something profoundly wrong, that we runs such a rampage,” he said, pointing to the “remove God from the public square” and “lose the bonds of community and family.”

O’rourke Cruz hit back strongly, however, that for gun control.

“Thoughts and prayers are just not going to cut it,” he argued to the derision of those present.

Cruz on Friday evening was also asked if Christine Blasey Ford, the accused, the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh-a young sexual assault, could not say anything, maybe question his support. Cruz said, “absolutely,” but did not elaborate, said he, the allegations seriously.

“Dr. Ford’s allegations should be investigated by the FBI – full stop,” O ‘ argues Rourke, adding that “we need a Supreme court that will decide, to have the favor of the people … and Brett Kavanaugh.”

Expand your arguments only weeks after the election day, Cruz said that “Congressman O’rourke, the positions are out of step with the people in Texas. If he is elected, he will fight to raise your taxes.” But the Congressman said Cruz is working for “the special interests … He’s not working for the people of Texas.”

National attention in the race has grown, as O’rourke and more money raised than Cruz. And surveys have suggested a closer race than expected, in a condition to win where Republicans usually handy.

The next debate is scheduled for Sept. 30 at the University of Houston with the final meeting set for Oct. 16. Early voting in Texas runs from Oct. 22, Nov. 2.

 

Matt Richardson is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @MRichardson713.

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