Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Donald Trump Props Up Ted Cruz

Donald Trump Props Up Ted Cruz

Over the hourlong event, the El Paso congressman took a series of harsher-than-usual swings at Cruz - including a couple of blows evocative of the senator's battle with Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race.

"Watched the debate last night & Beto O'Rourke, who wants higher taxes and far more regulations, is not in the same league with Ted Cruz & what the great people of Texas stand for & want", Trump wrote.

"It's clear Congressman O'Rourke's pollsters have told him to come out on the attack", Cruz shot back.

Ted Cruz is the butt of another joke, this time it's an ad aimed at the senator's appreciation for the fast food joint, White Castle, instead of Texas' Whataburger. "He's dishonest, and it's why the president called him Lyin' Ted, and it's why the nickname stuck-because it's true".


In the lead-up to the U.S. Senate debate here Tuesday night, Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke heard from supporters who wanted him to take a more aggressive stance toward Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

"Congressman O'Rourke doesn't want to build the wall", Cruz said, again calling his opponent's views on the issue "extreme". 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".

Some examples of O'Rourke's flights of fancy: the Post itself gave O'Rourke "Four Pinocchios" for his claim that he did not try to leave the scene of an accident in 1998 when he was driving drunk. No Democrat has won any of Texas' almost 30 statewide offices since 1994, the nation's longest political losing streak.

Trump added, "Ted Cruz has done so much for Texas, including massive cuts in taxes and regulations - which has brought Texas to the best jobs numbers in the history of the state". "If you have this special relationship with President Trump, then where is the result of that?"


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.

O'Rourke also reprised his attack on Cruz for focusing on his presidential ambitions so soon after he was elected to the U.S. Senate, and criticized the tone of his Republican opponent's campaign.

O'Rourke, who is giving up his El Paso congressional seat to challenge Cruz, shattered Senate fundraising records with any eye-popping $38-plus million in the three-month period through September.

It's the race's last scheduled debate after one in Houston was canceled amid Senate floor votes. Trump won there over Hillary Clinton by 11 points in 2016.


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