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The second debate between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke has been postponed

Ted Cruz says ‘Kavanaugh’s reputation in this town is of being a boring Boy Scout’

Senator Ted Cruz says Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing is a 'partisan circus' and says that Kavanaugh is seen as a "boring Boy Scout" in Washington D.C.
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Senator Ted Cruz says Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing is a 'partisan circus' and says that Kavanaugh is seen as a "boring Boy Scout" in Washington D.C.

If you were looking forward to Round 2 of Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Democrat U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke squaring off in a debate, you’re going to have to wait a little longer.

The two were scheduled to debate Sunday at the University of Houston, but the nomination process for Brett Kavanaugh has gotten in the way.

“The Sept. 30 debate between Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke at the University of Houston has been postponed,” the college posted on Facebook Friday morning. “Senator Cruz will be in Washington, D.C. for weekend votes.

“UH, Univision 45 and ABC-13 are working with the campaigns to find a new date to reschedule.”

The debate had been scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Sunday and would have focused on domestic policy.

Cruz and O’Rourke faced off Sept. 21 at SMU in their first debate, talking about issues ranging from police violence to the national anthem to President Donald Trump.

This fight for the U.S. Senate seat has become one of the costliest and most watched races across the country, as many wonder if O’Rourke can do what no other Democrat has done for more than two decades in Texas: win a statewide office.

Political polls have offered conflicting news: one put Cruz ahead by 9 percentage points, another put O’Rourke ahead by 2 percentage points. Then, before the debate started Friday, the Cook Political Report shifted the race from “leans Republican” to “toss-up.”

There is one more Senate debate scheduled, for Oct. 16 in San Antonio.

Early voting for this year’s Nov. 6 midterm election runs from Oct. 22-Nov. 2.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

During their first televised debate, candidates for SenateTed Cruz and Beto O'Rourke sparred over school gun safety. "Thoughts and prayers, Senator Cruz, are just not going to cut it anymore," O'Rourke said.

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