O'Rourke evokes Trump's 'Lyin' Ted' in debate

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O'Rourke responded by evoking a moniker President Donald Trump bestowed on the senator when the pair were bitter rivals during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, saying, "Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you".

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

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. "It's why the president called him "Lyin" Ted, ' and why the nickname stuck". But polls that once showed O'Rourke within striking distance of a monumental upset now suggest Cruz may be edging further ahead.

As O'Rourke hammered Cruz as more interested in his political career than representing Texas - "Ted Cruz is for Ted Cruz", the challenger said at one point - Cruz pressed his long-running case that O'Rourke is captive to the activist left and too liberal for Texas.

But O'Rourke's feel-good message exposed vulnerability during the first debate, on September 21. He also repeatedly cast O'Rourke as a key agitator if Democrats take Congress for the next two years under Trump.

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In a line that underscored Democratic worries that O'Rourke hasn't won over enough Latino voters, Cruz said: "The people of Texas, and I will say, especially the Hispanic community, we don't want to see taxpayer-funded, Medicaid-funded abortions".

Trump weighed in on Twitter Wednesday morning with strong praise of Cruz for securing cuts in taxes and regulations and protecting gun rights.

O'Rourke criticized Trump for alienating trade partners like Canada and Mexico, and said his trade war is "hurting no state more than it's hurting Texas". "Listen if you have this special relationship with President Trump, then where is the result of that?"

With Election Day just three weeks away, Tuesday night could be one of O'Rourke's last shots to gain ground - this is the race's last scheduled debate after one in Houston was canceled amid Senate floor votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Early on, O'Rourke accused Cruz of not being able to stand up to the president for Texans, while Cruz went on to dismiss the idea O'Rourke would be able to work with the president after expressing support for his impeachment. Cruz countered that the movement "had done an incredible amount of good for this country" and that people of both sexes need to be protected from harassment and abuse.

The president previously endorsed Cruz, and is expected to hold a rally for him at the 8,000 seat NRG Arena in Houston on Monday.

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