Beto O’Rourke makes apparent Clash reference during Cruz debate

However, Cruz then seemed to give a backhanded compliment by comparing O'Rourke with a particular Democratic Socialist. "I've got to say, [PETA] summed up the entire election", Cruz said.

Colbert capped off the interview by showing Willie a series of pictures featuring notable people and asked which he would like light up with.

In more personal matters, O'Rourke was asked about his 1998 drunk-driving arrest - and whether he sought to leave the scene, a fresher detail that recently emerged about the incident that he has otherwise openly discussed. The Post found that between 2015 and August 20 of this year, 90 unarmed black men were killed by police.

"The high-velocity high-impact round from an AR-15 will blow a hole the size of an orange out your back", O'Rourke said.

On Friday, the Cook Political Report dropped a bombshell: they now forecast the Texas Senate race between far-right firebrand Sen.

Cruz and O'Rourke faced off in their first debate ahead of November 6's congressional elections at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Friday, and Cruz's strategy swiftly became clear: Paint O'Rourke as too radical for this traditionally Republican state.

O'Rourke mentioned several times how he has visited every district in Texas, while Cruz reminded those in attendance that he was "on the ground" in cities like Houston and Victoria following Hurricane Harvey.

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

With that reply, O'Rourke revealed that Cruz had missed a deeper point within the question.

After a concise summary of the importance of the Supreme Court's Heller decision which reaffirmed an individual right to bear arms, Mr. Cruz ended his remarks declaring Mr. O'Rourke is about "writing the Second Amendment out of the Bill of Rights".

Of course, ridiculing O'Rourke for his name is a bold move for a man christened Rafael and makes Cruz seem a touch mean.

But Nelson is taking some heat from conservative country music fans in Texas who can't understand why he is performing a fundraising concert for a Democrat.

An NBC News/Marist College poll from earlier this month showed Cruz leading with 49 percent support among likely voters to 45 percent support for O'Rourke.

National attention in the race has grown as O'Rourke has raised more money than Cruz.

O'Rourke deadpanned: "True to form".

I also went to the cotton gin in Roscoe.

The candidates will also debate on September 30 at the University of Houston and on October 16 in San Antonio.

Those ambitions were part pf the topics of Friday's debate, which was focused on Domestic policy. The deadline to register to vote is October 9.

  • Jon Douglas