Senate candidates Cruz, O'Rourke square off in fractious debate

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The topic of the debate was domestic policy.

The candidates also differed regarding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, which has engulfed Washington recently with a thinly sourced allegation of sexual misconduct by Mr. Kavanaugh more than three decades ago made by Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor. "When he speaks, people take that to heart", Murphree said, calling O'Rourke's remarks "insulting to me as a citizen of this state and as a police officer".

Mr. O'Rourke was measured in his criticism of Mr. Trump, although he did not dispute Mr. Cruz's point that Mr. O'Rourke is the only Democratic Senate candidate in these midterms who has vowed to vote to impeach Mr. Trump should the chance arise. O'Rourke denied that and offered another confrontational retort.

"Representative O'Rourke, you have addressed your 1998 DWI arrest numerous times during your public career, but not this question", the moderator said.

Texas has been in the headlines for two high-profile mass shootings over the past year - one in November 2017 at a church in Sutherland Springs and another in May at Santa Fe High School, outside of Houston. Cruz dismissed many such visits as photo-ops.

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"Thoughts and prayers, Sen".

"The challenge for O'Rourke is to show that he is more than just a charisma candidate, that he's more than just a pretty face or an empty suit, that he really does have command of the policy issues", Wilson said. "The children of Texas deserve action", O'Rourke said.

"It makes it risky for citizens and police officers". "And I commend you for fighting for what you believe in". "I will pray for anyone in harm's way, but I'll also do something about".

O'Rourke has garnered national attention in the race and has elevated Democratic hopes for defeating Cruz, and neutral observers say the race is competitive.

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Tex.) offered a scathing criticism of police officers in a speech where he compared them to those who implemented racist Jim Crow laws in the South after the Civil War.

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The RealClearPolitics average of polls has, through Monday, Cruz leading by 4.5 percentage points. Texas Rangers and the Dallas County district attorney quickly charged Guyger with manslaughter.

O'Rourke says the US needed to "bring people out of the shadows, allow them to get right by law".

"I could care less about any party at this moment", O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke said he's concerned at the high numbers of black Americans who are killed by white police officers.

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