Cruz, O'Rourke's First Debate In Dallas

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"I know that he's doing it for one reason". That would be something good - something good in whatever meaningful way it is - that has come out of that awful decision on my part. "He wants to serve his country".

Toward the end of the hourlong debate, O'Rourke, the former punk rock bassist who in recent weeks has become a viral Hollywood darling, shouted out London genre pioneers the Clash, and said that Cruz was working for "the clampdown".

"So, thank you, Sen". He could remain at odds with the president, which Mr. Cruz said would have been selfish and a disservice to his constituents, or he could join Mr. Trump in passing legislation like the tax overhaul that Mr. Cruz repeatedly credited with jumpstarting the economy so that "Texans lives are better".

Cruz said he agreed that being away from their children is hard on elected officials.

As for the O'Rourke campaign's claim that he wasn't criticizing police, Murphree said the candidate's point is crystal clear and "it's just offensive".

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The internet Likes may be with O'Rourke, but in terms of policy points, Cruz scored decidedly more cheers from the campus crowd. "He believes in what he is fighting for".

"I'm sorry you don't like thoughts and prayers", he said.

Asked Friday about Trump's 2016 criticism, which included making fun of Cruz's wife's appearance and suggesting that his Cuban-born father had a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Cruz said, "I could have chosen to make it about myself", but instead he said he worked with Trump to further Texas interests.

"That injustice. continues to persist today", O'Rourke said.

When Cruz stopped speaking, O'Rourke wryly deadpanned: "True to form". Cruz used PETA's demonstration as an opportunity to smear Democratic opponent Beto O'Rourke. There were almost 45,000 "O'Rourke" tweets as well, and all three terms became top trends in the U.S. The tweets may lean toward O'Rourke, but as the congressman said onstage at Southern Methodist University, 50 percent of rural Texans don't have reliable access to broadband internet.

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