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O'Rourke Pushes for Debates in Spanish

One of the three candidates in the November general election for Texas' U.S. Senate seat is calling for debates to be held in Spanish.

Beto O'Rourke, an El Paso politician and the Democratic Party's nominee for the U.S. Senate, reportedly sent Senator Ted Cruz's campaign a letter this week calling for debates to be held statewide. According to the Texas Tribune, O'Rourke's campaign is asking Cruz to participate in six debates statewide, including two in Spanish.

In a statement to the Texas Tribune, Cruz's campaign said that it is open to considering a debate between the incumbent Republican and the El Paso Democrat.

"Senator Cruz has said he's looking forward to debates," Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said. "We are considering all possibilities in front of us and will be working with potential hosts and the O'Rourke campaign to determine the best platforms available so that Texans from all corners of the state can hear from the candidates directly about their views for Texas' future."

As of Tuesday afternoon, neither party had publicly agreed to a debate. It is also unclear whether Libertarian nominee Neal Dikeman, the third candidate in the race, would be invited to participate in either the English or Spanish language debates.

The three candidates will meet in the general election on November 6th.

Photo by O'Rourke Campaign

Photo by O'Rourke Campaign

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