With the 2020 presidential race drawing nearer, there was at least one thing opponents O'Rourke and Cruz could agree on. As well as raking in over $38 million last quarter in donations, the media has run countless profiles on how he represents the future of the Democratic Party - a title apparently stripped from NY candidate and socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Texas has not elected a Democrat to any statewide office since 1994, however, and GOP political strategist Allen Blakemore told the New York Times that "The polls are beginning to reflect the reality that is Texas - we are a conservative state where Republicans dominate". While many left-leaning websites wrote catchy headlines, the real meat of the article indicated that Cruz delivered a verbal beat down and forced the Texas Democrat into admitting numerous far-left policies his supports, such as impeachment.
O'Rourke said he opposed Trump's proposed border wall and that Texas should be a national model in how to overhaul federal immigration policy in a humane way. However, his chances of becoming Texas' first elected Democratic senator since 1993 are long.
Voters in Texas and throughout the USA will head to the polls on November 6.
"We've seen the effect of a junior senator who leaves the state to pursue the presidency - leaves our priorities. our opportunities, our needs - behind", O'Rourke said, in a veiled reference to the unsuccessful presidential campaign that Cruz - Texas's junior senator - ran in 2016.
O'Rourke is making much of his focus unity beyond party.
"In the heat of the moment, perhaps I took a step too far", he said. Cruz warned that O'Rourke would support impeachment against Trump, and help undo numerous very policies that have resulted in the booming USA economy and roaring markets. But when asked by a member of the audience, O'Rourke said "the answer is no", adding that he wants to spend more time with his wife and three kids - not campaigning.
"I care about the safety of every single person in the state of Texas", O'Rourke said.
"It's a definitive no", he said.
The race against the El Paso Congressman is one of the most talked about and closely watched midterms in the country right now.