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Beto O’Rourke calls up Trump’s Russia summit to rebuke Ted Cruz

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Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas
debates with Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, on Friday, Sept. 21,
2018.

NBC News

  • Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas took aim at his
    Republican rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, and his ties to President
    Donald Trump.
  • During their first debate amid a closely watched
    midterm election in Texas, O’Rourke contrasted Cruz’s recent
    conciliatory statements about Trump, with the harsh criticism
    he had for him when they were both candidates in the 2016
    Republican primaries.
  • O’Rourke rebuked Cruz for aligning himself so closely with
    Trump, even as the president cozied up with Russian President
    Vladimir Putin.
  • “If the president attacks you personally … how you respond
    is your business,” O’Rourke said to Cruz. “But when the president
    attacks our institutions, this country, allows a foreign power to
    invade our democracy, that is our business.”

Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas took a verbal swing at his
Republican rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, and his ties with President
Donald Trump, during a debate on Friday, in the final weeks of a
heated and closely watched midterm election in the state.

Speaking at an auditorium at Southern Methodist University in
Dallas, O’Rourke contrasted Cruz’s recent conciliatory statements
about Trump, and the harsh criticism Cruz had for Trump when they
were both candidates in the 2016 Republican primary.

Cruz at one time described the future Republican nominee as a
“sniveling coward,” “big loud New York bully,” “pathological
liar,” and “utterly amoral.”

Since then, Cruz has turned a corner, showering praise on Trump
after he took office, and describing him as a “flash-bang grenade
thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of
America,” in a feature for TIME.

Texans were “[wondering] where their junior senator is” as Trump
“enters trade wars and imposes tariffs,” O’Rourke said.

“On that stage in Helsinki, as he defended Vladimir Putin instead
of the United States of America, that was collusion in action,”
O’Rourke said, referring to Trump’s July summit with Putin in
Finland. Trump drew bipartisan backlash during the
summit for failing to condemn Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US
presidential election and criticizing US intelligence officials.

For his part,
Cruz offered a tepid rebuke of Trump’s Helsinki remarks
,
without mentioning his name: “I think we need to be acting
vigorously to prevent Russian aggression,” Cruz said in an
interview with CNN. “And I think it’s a mistake to be apologizing
for Vladimir Putin.”

“If the president attacks you personally … how you respond is
your business,” O’Rourke said to Cruz. “But when the president
attacks our institutions, this country, allows a foreign power to
invade our democracy, that is our business.”

O’Rourke added that he would be a candidate who would “stand up
to this president, [and] where we must, work with him where we
can.”

Cruz accused the Democratic Party was “just consumed with hatred
for Donald Trump,” and claiming O’Rourke’s views were “extreme,
and doesn’t reflect Texas.”

Polls indicate the race in the traditionally Republican state is
a toss-up. An independent Quinnipiac
poll
released Tuesday suggests Cruz leads O’Rourke by nine
percentage points. A
Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Poll
on Wednesday put
O’Rourke in the lead by two points.

Trump endorsed Cruz’s campaign and agreed to headline a rally in
October: “I’m picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find,”
Trump said in a tweet in August.

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