Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz Make Plans for 3 Debates

Texas Senate candidates will hold debates across the Lone Star State

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, have agreed to three Senate debates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke have agreed to participate in three debates ahead of the Senate election in the Lone Star State.

The two candidates in what has become among the most-watched contests this cycle made the announcement Friday afternoon.

The debate schedule kicks of next Friday, Sept. 21, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a debate focused on domestic policy issues.

UNITED STATES - MARCH 7: Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, walks up the House steps for final votes of the week in the Capitol on March 8, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
O’Rourke is trying to become the first Democrat to win a Senate election in Texas since 1988. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

On Sunday, Sept. 30, the two candidates will come together at the University of Houston for a town hall with an expected audience of at least 250.

The road show concludes on Oct. 16 in San Antonio for a moderated debate that is supposed to feature a mix of foreign and domestic policy questions.

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