Those ambitions were part pf the topics of Friday's debate, which was focused on Domestic policy.
The conservative USA senator from Texas is being outpaced and overshadowed by his progressive challenger, Beto O'Rourke, who is pushing to be the first Democrat in Texas to be elected to the Senate in 30 years. That will remain true for the Dallas debate, while the other two debates they ultimately agreed to are set for different days.
Cruz on Friday night was also asked whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser could say anything that might question his support. "But I'll tell you something, I've been to too many police funerals". "If Texas elects a Democrat, they're going to ban barbecue across the state". An NBC News/Marist College poll from earlier this month showed Cruz leading with 49 percent support among likely voters to 45 percent support for O'Rourke.
When Cruz tried to say O'Rourke wanted to abolish the Second Amendment, the Democrat said it wasn't so, and the candidates sniped while the moderators pleaded for them to stop and for the audience to stop hooting.
O'Rourke chided Cruz for supporting legislation that would have allocated billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, and called for an earned path to citizenship.
As I've said before, I'm still skeptical about the idea of a Democrat winning statewide in Texas even in a year such as this when anti-Republican animus appears to be motivating Democrats to vote in numbers not typically seen in midterm elections. Cruz wants to add more officers and metal detectors in schools. Cruz said "absolutely", but didn't elaborate while calling the allegations serious.
Cruz offered no compromise on hardline immigration measures or gun control, months after a mass shooting at a high school near Houston. We couldn't find a local Cruz-sponsored event (but please let us know if you're aware of one).
Political analyst Charlie Cook, described as one of the "best in the business" by both Republicans and Democrats, today changed his race rating for the Texas Senate race to toss-up from "lean Republican".
The spat Cruz had with Trump in the 2016 primary, and the way Cruz capitulated nearly immediately after, was not just a matter of whether Cruz had the principles to stand up for himself or his family.
Cruz and O'Rourke are facing each other in a surprisingly competitive US Senate race in Texas, a Republican stronghold. Ted Cruz by two points.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) are pictured in this combination photo in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 20, 2018 and in McAllen, Texas, U.S., August 18, 2018 respectively.
It was only a week ago that O'Rourke and Cruz had announced an agreement to hold three debates, capping weeks of negotiations between their campaigns. The deadline to register to vote is October 9.