KENS 5 will host the two candidates as they discuss domestic and foreign policy in San Antonio on October 16.
The race between Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke is close.
Cruz remains favored, but only slightly. Nowhere in this clip does O'Rourke attack the police in general, dispute the need for effective policing, or insist that all or most officers are racist. We need a USA senator who will stand up to this president.
President Trump will visit Texas in October to stump for Cruz.
The moderators wasted no time in getting to the heavy issues, as the first question of the night focused on the future of "Dreamers" in Texas and America.
O'Rourke's supporters, many sporting "Beto for Senate" shirts, were quite vocal - especially when the debate ended, when a large portion stood and cheered. The polling for other statewide races in the Lone Star State, such as Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and Commissioner of the General Land Office, a position now held by George W. Bush's nephew George P. Bush, shows Republicans with similarly strong leads. From April 2015 to June 2016, roughly the period when Cruz was campaigning, he missed 43.4 percent of Senate votes.
Cruz painted O'Rourke, who favors a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, opposes building a wall along the border with Mexico, and supports some gun-control measures, as too radical for Texas. He is turning to the White House for help.
It was only a week ago that O'Rourke and Cruz had announced an agreement to hold three debates, capping weeks of negotiations between their campaigns. At this point, he has outraised Cruz and outspent him on television. When asked if he cared that fans have an issue with his performance at the O'Rourke fundraiser, Nelson said plainly, "I don't care".
As I've said before, I'm still skeptical about the idea of a Democrat winning statewide in Texas even in a year such as this when anti-Republican animus appears to be motivating Democrats to vote in numbers not typically seen in midterm elections.
Nonetheless, O'Rourke has raised significantly out-raised Cruz. Cruz replied, "absolutely", but would not offer specifics. The store was charged as a corporate entity, and Melissa O'Rourke was not charged as an individual.
Cruz's camp responded by arguing that O'Rourke's positions were finally being publicized. He said the incident led him to fight to eliminate racial biases from the criminal justice system and help those who have served their time get jobs.
"I think Congressman O'Rourke is passionate, he is energetic", Cruz then told the crowd.