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

Why O'Rourke's Rhetoric on Police Shootings Is Wrong—And Dangerous

Why O'Rourke's Rhetoric on Police Shootings Is Wrong—And Dangerous

O'Rourke responded by evoking a moniker President Donald Trump bestowed on the senator when the pair were bitter rivals during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, saying, "Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you".

Trump revealed that he watched the Texas senator debate his leftist opponent, Beto O'Rourke, on Tuesday night.

O'Rourke criticized Cruz for associating with someone who would say such things about his family.

"It's why the President called him 'Lying Ted, ' and it's why the nickname stuck - because it's true", he said.

Cruz laughed off the exchange saying it was obvious that O'Rourke needed to attack to try and reverse polls that show him fading. And "Lyin' Ted" was not the only Trump-style insult aired in the debate, with O'Rourke telling Cruz multiple times that he was "all talk and no action".

Cruz decried O'Rourke's "extreme views" on abortion. No Democrat has won any of Texas' almost 30 statewide offices since 1994, the nation's longest political losing streak.

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Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke aggressively cast Republican Sen.

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Call it post-partisan, or call it a missed opportunity, but O'Rourke has largely tried to parry Cruz's punches, rather than counter them. However, the 46-year-old has clarified that although he would vote for impeaching Trump, he hasn't been in favor of actually initiating impeachment proceedings. "Impeachment, much like an indictment, shows that there is enough there for the case to proceed", O'Rourke has said, "and at this point there is certainly enough there for the case to proceed". Ted Cruz, the president's campaign announced Monday night.

"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. He accused his opponent of being "all talk and no action".

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.

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.

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