Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has declined to participate in a CNN town hall with his Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).
The cable news network will proceed with the town hall on Thursday, October 18 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center near the U.S.-Mexico border without Cruz.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke will be in attendance.
CNN says Cruz’s campaign initially accepted the invitation but later declined.
There is no word on why Cruz turned down the invite.
CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash will moderate the one-hour town hall live at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
A political action committee formed to challenge Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas released a political advertisement this week that torches his campaign slogan, “Tough as Texas.”
In the ad, actor Sonny Carl Davis sits in a diner and recounts past examples of how Cruz lacked the gumption to forcefully stand up to President Donald Trump’s attacks.
“I mean come on,” Davis said. “If somebody called my wife a dog and said my daddy was in on a Kennedy assassination, I wouldn’t be kissing their ass. You stick a finger in their chest and give ’em a few choice words.”