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…

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