Ahead of the general election in November, Sen. Ted Cruz has challenged El Paso Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke to a series of five debates.

In a letter sent to O’Rourke, Jeff Roe, chief strategist for the Cruz re-election campaign, specified five dates and locations for the debates to take place:

As Senator Cruz has long believed, our democratic process is best served by presenting a clear and substantive contrast of competing policy ideas, and these five debates will be an excellent way for both you and the Senator to share your respective visions with Texas voters in the weeks leading up to the November election.

Each of the five debates, scheduled throughout the Fall, would focus on different specific policy subjects:

Debate 1: The Evening of August 31, 2018

• Dallas, Texas

• Jobs/Taxes/Federal Regulations/National Economy

Debate 2: The Evening of September 14, 2018

• McAllen, Texas

• Immigration/Border Security/Criminal Justice/Supreme Court

Debate 3: The Evening of September 21, 2018

• San Antonio, Texas

• Foreign Policy/National Security

Debate 4: The Evening of October 5, 2018

• Houston, Texas

• Energy/Trade/Texas Economy

Debate 5: The Evening of October 12, 2018

• Lubbock, Texas

• Healthcare/Obamacare

O’Rourke’s campaign says he is looking forward to finalizing the details of the debates. If accepted, the series would be the highest number of debates held for a Senate seat in Texas in history.

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has endorsed Cruz for re-election to the US Senate. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens


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