As election day approaches, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and challenger U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke are gearing up for a tight race. The latest polls show the candidates within a few points from each other.
The Cruz campaign has proposed five upcoming debates. One of them in the Rio Grande Valley. That proposed debate is scheduled to take place in McAllen on September 14th. The topics include several hot button issues like immigration, border security, criminal justice, and the supreme court.
Both candidates have visited the Rio Grande Valley during this election cycle with O’Rourke visiting several times. O’Rourke has been given tremendous support while Cruz’s was marred by protestors because of his stance on immigration, the border wall, and health care. Both candidates said the following during their visits.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, “Jobs and economic growth is what Texans care about. We want more jobs, we want more opportunities, higher wages, and we want better opportunities for our kids and our grandkids.”
U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, “The polls say that this race is too close to call. The dollars say that we have been out raising Cruz almost every quarter of the campaign. What matters the most is the people who show up and take part in this.”
Carlos Sanchez, a political and news editor for Texas Monthly, said the proposed debate is an exciting proposal. It makes the Valley part of the equation and gives voters a seat at the table in this election.
“You’re going to have a very topical debate. A debate that will have far reaching effects, and a debate that is going to raise the notice and awareness of not only statewide voters, but voters on a national scale.”
Sanchez calls immigration the public policy debate of our era. He also says this debate will showcase both candidates’ stance on the issue.
“A reaction of the policies that have been placed into effect are really going to be revelatory to the voters. It gives the voters a good sense of the direction they want this immigration debate itself to head.”
Beto O’Rourke will be in the Valley next weekend ahead of the debate making a stop in Brownsville and McAllen. No time or location has been set for the debate. The language of the debate is also in question.