Watch Live: Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke face off in first debate Watch live coverage of Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke meeting for the first time to debate in the Texas Senate race. ? Subscribe to NBC News: ...
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This was my personal take on the debates, and I sent it to several Texas newspapers. I am certain that Beto's brilliance is partially innate and also partially deriving from his many hours on the roads, hundreds of town hall meetings, and thousands of conversations with ignored Texans.
All Cruz could describe this was to dismiss such populist efforts as mere "photo ops," thus missing the point entirely....
I only ask that you the reader take one hour to watch this video of the debate, and then, please contact 10 friends, family, and colleagues in Texas, asking them to ask ten of their friends to vote for Beto, and certainly to register before the deadline to do so, October 9.
I kept this letter submission to 150-200 words, so it will get published.
The debate was moderated by NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine and Dallas Morning News political writer Gromer Jeffers.
Two Excellent Journalists Moderated the First O'Rourke/Cruz Debate
The two journalists (one from Dallas's NBC 5 TV, and one from the Dallas Morning News) who moderated the first televised Senate debate did a really great job. They kept the audience from yelling and wasting time in histrionics and applause; they kept the candidates on time, and, above all, their questions were incisive and very well thought out.
This allowed the differences between the candidates to manifest perfectly. Personally, I thought Beto O'Rourke won hands down, just by showing what kind of Senator Cruz has NOT been, and how different he would be.
His command of the facts and issues was both brilliant and compassionate, showing clearly why Texas is now a "toss-up" politically, and not "leaning Republican." To these two journalist: please keep up the great work! I may be from out of your great state, but I saw that the need for an improvement in who serves as your Senator is very clear.
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