Why Beto O’Rourke is Backing out of Tomorrow’s Debate with Ted Cruz

Blog|8.30.18

Tomorrow was supposed to be the first of five unprecedented debates that Ted Cruz proposed to his challenger Beto O’Rourke – more debates than any other U.S. Senate race in Texas history. The two candidates vying to serve each of our fellow 28 million Texans over the next six years were supposed to join on stage at 7:00 p.m. in Dallas to discuss their records and vision on the national economy, job growth and wages, trade and other serious matters that Texans care about deeply. Unfortunately, O’Rourke simply refused to participate. Now, the stage will be empty and Texas voters won’t witness this important debate because O’Rourke is too busy holding a political rally in…his hometown of El Paso. That raises the question why would O’Rourke duck the debate?

It’s actually fairly simple. O’Rourke and his campaign consultants are afraid that the earlier he is put under the glare of the spotlight, unfiltered by the mainstream press, then the truth about his extreme views and reckless voting record will come to light for all Texans to see.

You see, on the one hand we have Ted Cruz who has helped fight for massive tax relief for Texas families, led the charge on Hurricane tax relief for Texans in need, spearheaded critical efforts to secure our border and prosecute criminal illegal immigrants, passed bi-partisan NASA re-authorization funding, passed legislation that expanded 529 education savings accounts for public and private primary education, and shepherded dozens of measures that have strengthened our military and national security.

In contrast, how many Texans have placed an O’Rourke yard sign in their lawn not knowing the truth about their candidate? That Beto O’Rourke voted against those same tax cuts, against Hurricane Harvey tax relief. He opposes Israel’s Iron Dome, proudly touts his “F” rating from the NRA, has called for the impeachment of the President of the United States, and said he was open to abolishing ICE and to consider the legalization of all narcotics.

If they have access to the truth, Texans won’t support O’Rourke and his extreme, out-of-touch views and troubling record so it’s abundantly clear he will hold out as long as possible before allowing voters to see this sharp contrast. That raises the question – as Texans, what can we do to change that?

For starters each of us can share this campaign piece about Ted Cruz’s many accomplishments as well as the sharp contrast it represents with O’Rourke. You can print it off, email it or use social media to spread it around to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and others. Help Ted Cruz set the record straight while his challenger continues to try to hide and distort his own.

As always, thank you for being a loyal part of Team Cruz. We won’t be able to win this race without each and every one of you helping spread the message. The stakes are too high for each of us, our great state, and the nation.

Have a safe Labor Day weekend, and let’s all get ready for the final push toward victory!

For Liberty,
David Polyansky
Senior Advisor
Ted Cruz for Senate