GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) engaged in a fierce clash over immigration, police brutality, and President Donald Trump’s policies on Friday night.
Toward the end of the debate, the moderator prompted each candidate to say something nice about the other. O’Rourke praised Cruz for his dedication to public service and the family sacrifices that has entailed.
Cruz echoed his sentiments, but then quickly pivoted to a pointed attack on O’Rourke, casting him as a socialist akin to Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“I think you are absolutely sincere, like Bernie [Sanders], that you believe in expanding government and higher taxes. And I commend you for fighting for what you believe in,” Cruz said.
“True to form,” said Beto, disdainfully.
debate moderator asked candidates to say something nice about each other
O’Rourke praised Cruz’ sacrifice for his beliefs/goals for country at expense of family life
Cruz praised O’Rourke for sincerely fighting for socialism, bigger government, higher taxes like Bernie Sanders
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) September 22, 2018
Cruz asked to say something nice about Beto praises him for he authenticity of his views. Which he says are socialist.
“I think you are absolutely sincere, like Bernie Sanders,” says Cruz.
“True to form,” says Beto, disdainfully, who had praised Cruz for public service.
— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) September 21, 2018
Uh, Cruz’s attempt to say something nice about Beto was a brazen, transparent attempt to align him with Bernie Sanders. It came off as, um, not saying something nice.
It’s classic Cruz, but it is genuinely unclear to me how that plays in Texas. Could help him, could not.
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) September 21, 2018