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Politics Dem challenger presses Cruz to set debate date

16:34  11 july  2018
16:34  11 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has yet to confirm a time for a debate with his midterm challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D), despite two months passing since the Democrat first challenged the incumbent.

The Dallas Morning News reported on Wednesday that O'Rourke's office released a pair of letters this week noting Cruz's lack of movement in regards to a debate between the Senate candidates.

"On April 24, we extended an invitation to Senator Cruz to participate in six debates - including two in Spanish - reaching all twenty media markets in the state," O'Rourke's campaign manager, Jody Casey, wrote on Monday, according to the newspaper.

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Casey added that "because Senator Cruz recently indicated that he is uncomfortable debating in Spanish, our campaign would be happy to add two additional debates in English instead."

Dallas Morning News reports that 60 days have passed since the O'Rourke campaign's initial invite. Casey reiterated the request in a second letter, which Bryan English, a senior adviser to the Cruz campaign, acknowledged Cruz's office received.

English said that Cruz would let O'Rourke know when they "are ready to discuss the details of joint appearances" saying that the congressman's "arbitrary" timeline was "irrelevant" to the decision-making process of the Cruz camp.

"As you pointed out in your second note, the Senator has made it quite clear he is looking forward to debating Congressman O'Rourke," English said. "However, your arbitrary timeline for coordinating between the campaigns remains irrelevant to our decision-making process.

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"We will let you know when we are ready to discuss the details of joint appearances."

The Dallas News notes that many news outlets in the state of Texas have offered to host a senatorial debate. There are still four months until the midterm election.

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Cruz has repeatedly said he'd debate O'Rourke, but that he'd do it at some point closer to Election Day. He has pointed to his past debate against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as a sign that he's not "remotely afraid to debate left-wing liberal socialists."

O'Rourke, who has represented Texas' 16th District since 2013, has gained some traction in his fight to unseat Cruz. In a poll conducted in late June, Cruz led O'Rourke by five points.

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