Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) clashed in the first of three debates Friday night in a race that has captured immense national attention amid the fierce battle for the Senate.
See The Hill’s live updates from the hour-long debate below.
Fiery debate ends on positive note
Both candidates were asked to say what they admire about their opponent.
O’Rourke on Cruz: “We were both elected in the same year, we both have young children. I know how hard he works, what a sacrifice it is to his family. … He wants to serve this country. … We have differences of opinions on the destinations, but no question he wants to do what’s best for America.”
Cruz on O’Rourke: “Being a dad with young kids is hard, I know the sacrifice you’re putting in. … Beyond that, I think Congressman O’Rourke is passionate and energetic and believes in what he’s fighting for.”