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Beto O’Rourke Wants to Debate Ted Cruz in Spanish

When Marco Rubio tried the same thing in 2016, it didn't turn out so well for the Florida senator.

By NTK Staff | 05.01.2018 @3:00pm
Beto O’Rourke Wants to Debate Ted Cruz in Spanish

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), the 2018 challenger to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), invited the Republican senator to two Spanish-language debates. According to a report from The Texas Tribune, O’Rourke challenged Cruz to six debates, including the two Spanish-language forums.

O’Rourke won the April Democratic primary, with an underwhelming performance compared to his Democratic opponents and Cruz.

The Democrat’s campaign manager made the proposal to the Cruz campaign in a letter last week:

O’Rourke campaign manager Jody Casey made the proposal in a letter last week to Cruz’s senior staff, adding that the debates in their U.S. Senate race should have “media reach to all twenty markets in the state.”

“I would like to begin direct coordination of the debates with your campaign team between now and May 10th,” Casey wrote to Cruz advisers Bryan English and Eric Hollander in the April 24 letter. “Please advise my best point of contact on the Cruz campaign team.”

Cruz seemed to decline the request on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Texas Tribune‘s Patrick Svitek:

Still, O’Rourke, whose real first name is Robert, may want to rethink this strategy. When Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) questioned Cruz’s Spanish-speaking credentials, the Texas Republican challenged his rival’s assertion in Spanish.

Cruz, for his part, told the Tribune that he is looking forward to debating O’Rourke.

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