Central Time, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. As the final questions came, however, he seemed more at peace with his answers, and had no problem "exchanging blows" with Cruz - the more experienced debater of the two. One poll by Quinnipac University this week, however, found Cruz ahead by 9 points. "This is your trick of the trade, to confuse and incite based on fear". And yes, there should be an earned path to citizenship. O'Rourke has denied he is a socialist, and he does not support worker ownership of the means of production in society, which is the traditionally accepted definition of socialism. Cruz wants to add more officers and metal detectors in schools. And as Trump has dismantled the norms of office, from politically motivated firings of civil servants to attacking the free press to rolling over for Russian Federation to refusing to condemn overt racism and neo-Nazism in Charlottesville, Cruz has sat contentedly by and voted for the Trump agenda, without concern for the long term damage to our country.
Cruz then likened O'Rourke to former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
"True to form", O'Rourke reacted.
KHOU's Jason Miles will be covering the first debate from the SMU campus in Dallas. It will be broadcast live on NBC 5/KXAS, its website and the Dallas Morning News' website as well.
On Twitter, both candidates' names trended as "Ted Cruz" tweets in the USA topped out at just shy of 70,000, while "Beto" tweets got to 132,000. Cruz said "absolutely", but didn't elaborate while calling the allegations serious.
"We can make our schools safer by having officers protect them", Cruz said. "Get a better idea of what they're going to do for you, or not do for you".
"Thoughts and prayers, Sen". O'Rourke frequently complained that Cruz was misrepresenting his positions - at one point accusing the incumbent Republican of "slander". "The children of Texas deserve action", O'Rourke said.
Cruz went on the attack moments after stepping on the stage, charging that his opponent suggested that police officers embodied "modern-day Jim Crow" laws in response to a question about Amber Guyger, the officer accused of shooting of her neighbor. 'I will pray for anyone in harm's way'. Ted Cruz, contradicted police reports Friday by denying he tried to flee the scene of a 1998 drunken auto crash. A lot of people listen to what he has to say. O'Rourke, on the other hand, called for Blasey-Ford to be heard.More news: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah 'fine' despite lack of goals - Jurgen Klopp
Another source of contention was kneeling for the national anthem. On the city's east side, Beto O'Rourke supporters filled his "Get-Out-The-Vote" headquarters. "But I'll tell you something, I've been to too many police funerals".
O'Rourke, who is challenging Sen. "Imagine the cost, imagine the stain on this country for generations moving forward".
There are millions of people in this country who are working the toughest jobs. How could he square such harsh charges with support now, Mr. Cruz was asked? "When you are leading the extreme left wing wanting to impeach. the president, that does not set you up for policy wins for Texas".
"Thoughts and prayers, Senator Cruz, are just not going to cut it anymore". Cruz said that in an election "unlike any other", he made a conscious decision to put any personal hurt feelings aside for the good of Texans.
"We need a junior senator who will stand up to this president", O'Rourke said. Cruz challenged that stance saying O'Rourke is basically attacking all law enforcement with his statement.
He also moved the race rating in West Virginia in favor of Democrats and the Montana race from likely to lean Democratic. The deadline to register to vote is October 9.
A second debate is planned for September 30 in Houston, followed by a final debate in San Antonio on October 16, which is three weeks before Election Day.