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Cruz, O'Rourke Meeting for First Debate Friday

It’s almost time for the first debate between Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Beto O’Rourke.

On Friday night, O’Rourke and Cruz will take the stage at Southern Methodist University in Dallas for the first of three debates for Texas’ Class I U.S. Senate seat. Cruz, the Republican firebrand and former presidential contender, will face off with O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat and rising national figure for Democrats.

Voters hoping to watch the debate will have the option to stream the debate online from the Dallas Morning News ( or at Panhandle PBS in Amarillo is also expected to broadcast the debate on television at its 6pm start time.

While Cruz and O’Rourke will meet for the debate, the third candidate in the race will not be appearing on stage. Libertarian Neal Dikeman, a Houston venture capitalist, was not invited to participate.

This debate will focus on domestic policy. Two other debates are planned, with one focusing completely on domestic policy and the other being split between domestic and foreign policy.

Sen. Cruz, Rep. O’Rourke  Photos by Campaigns

Sen. Cruz, Rep. O’Rourke

Photos by Campaigns

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