Desperate Beto Tries To Channel Trump. Calls Cruz 'Lyin' Ted.'

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Democrat Beto O'Rourke abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism and laid into Ted Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent during the second debate of a Texas Senate race that has become one of the nation's most closely watched.

O'Rourke's comment came in response to Cruz's criticism of the Democrat's desire for a tax on oil production. In addition to the Lyin' Ted moniker, Trump once said Cruz was "worse than Hillary [Clinton]", accused his father of being involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and threatened to "spill the beans" on the senator's wife. "It's why the president called him Lyin' Ted, and it's why the nickname stuck". A new CNN poll out Tuesday showed Cruz with a 7 percentage point lead - consistent with other recent surveys that have shown the Republican clearly ahead.

Cruz on O'Rourke: "Have you noticed in this debate he doesn't talk about what he has accomplished in Congress?" Cruz noted O'Rourke is "the only Democratic Senate nominee in the country who has explicitly come out for impeaching President Trump".

Cruz consistently sought to portray O'Rourke as an "extremist" on issues ranging from health care to abortion to illegal immigration, saying the El Paso Democrat is running a campaign that appeals to "left-wing national activists", and not the state of Texas.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, takes part in a debate for the Texas U.S. Senate with U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in San Antonio. "Cruz accepted $120,000 from the Political Actions Committees who represent the corporate interests that benefited from this tax cut", O'Rourke charged.

In the clip - which was funded by the "Fire Cruz" PAC - a man sitting at a diner says, "Everybody I know in Texas likes Whataburger".

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O'Rourke has raised eye-popping amounts of money in his bid to unseat Cruz in the midterms this November.

O'Rourke criticized Trump for alienating trade partners like Canada and Mexico, and said his trade war is "hurting no state more than it's hurting Texas".

O'Rourke is giving up his El Paso congressional seat to challenge Cruz and shattered Senate fundraising records with an astounding $38-plus million in the three months through September. Trump carried the state by almost a million votes in 2016.

Cruz has made gains in Texas by hammering O'Rourke as out of step with Texas voters because of his liberal stances, including his support for universal healthcare, a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and some gun-control measures.

He ends with a quip about Cruz's Canadian origins and a final, "C'mon, Ted".

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