Two of the three candidates running for the U.S. Senate have agreed to a series of three debates ahead of the hotly-competitive race for Texas’ Class I U.S. Senate seat.
According to the Texas Tribune, Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke have agreed to meet for three debates ahead of the November election. The first debate will be held in Dallas on September 21st, followed by debates in Houston on September 30th and in San Antonio on October 16th. All three debates will include domestic policy issues, while the debate in San Antonio will be a mix of domestic and foreign policy. Both the debates in Dallas and San Antonio will also be moderated, while the debate in Houston will be “town-hall” style.
Cruz had previously challenged O’Rourke to five debates earlier this year, with the O’Rourke campaign suggesting edits to the schedule. This schedule was eventually abandoned as the five debates, which would have included Lubbock as one location, were unable to materialize.
While both candidates have agreed to the debate, Libertarian Neal Dikeman appears to be left out. In a letter sent to the O’Rourke campaign earlier this year, Dikeman challenged O’Rourke to a series of debates and publicly stated he would be willing to debate either Cruz, O’Rourke, or both candidates.
Voters will decide this race in November.