Trump revealed that he watched the Texas senator debate his leftist opponent, Beto O'Rourke, on Tuesday night.
A former Ivy League debate champion, Cruz shot back, "It's clear Mr. O'Rourke's pollsters have told him to come out on the attack".
During a segment on climate change and oil taxes: "Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you", O'Rourke said. "It's why the president called him "Lyin" Ted, ' and why the nickname stuck". A poll of likely voters released by CNN ahead of the debate showed Cruz leading his Democratic challenger by 7 percentage points.
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". During the 2016 presidential race, Trump re-tweeted an unflattering photo of Cruz's wife and suggested that his Cuban-born father had a hand in John F. Kennedy's assassination.
Ted Cruz, the one-time presidential candidate whose Senate seat O'Rourke is aiming to capture next month.
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Both candidates lobbed attacks throughout, taking more aggressive stances as the race enters the final stretch and Democrats try to keep their fledgling hopes of re-taking the Senate alive despite a hard host of races in many states President Donald Trump won handily in 2016. "Cruz accepted $120,000 from the Political Actions Committees who represent the corporate interests that benefited from this tax cut", O'Rourke charged.
Cruz said O'Rourke was eager to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump that would lead to a partisan circus.
He ends with a quip about Cruz's Canadian origins and a final, "C'mon, Ted". Ted Cruz, the president's campaign announced Monday night.
O'Rourke offered a deadpan response, telling Cruz it is "really interesting to hear you talk about a partisan circus after your last six years in the Senate". 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.
Cruz, pointing to his opponent's voting record, accused O'Rourke of being at the "extreme of the pro-abortion side".
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.