Sitting U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O’Rourke have settled on a debate schedule in perhaps the most widely anticipated Senate race across the country. After several weeks of back and forth debate proposals from both camps, it was beginning to appear as if an agreement would never be struck. However, this all changed on Friday. The aspiring 2018 Texas Senate candidates have agreed to three debates in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
The first debate will be in Dallas this coming friday on September 21, followed by Houston on September 30, and San Antonio on October 16. “Each debate will be an hour long and vary in topic and format,” the Texas Tribune reports. “The Dallas debate will be at Southern Methodist University, the Houston debate will be at the University of Houston and the San Antonio debate will be at a studio there.”
The first debate in Dallas will see sparks fly as Beto O’Rourke seeks to become the first Democratic Senator from Texas in a quarter century. Polls have the race too close to call at this point. Their first intellectual encounter will likely set the ground for how undecided Texans are to view the candidates just six weeks out from the election. In Dallas, the debate will focus on domestic policy and will be moderated.
The second debate in Houston will follow quickly after the first, with just nine days in between the two. The debate topic will also focus on domestic policy at this location and “ABC13 and Univision will moderate and televise,” The Daily Cougar reports. Further details on this debate are to be released by the University sometime this week.
The final debate will not take place until just a few weeks out from the election and much closer to Beto’s hometown of El Paso. The timing also works out, and may have been strategically planned, so that it will coincide with Donald Trump coming down to rally in Texas for Ted Cruz. Both candidates are likely to try and capitalize on Trump’s presence in Texas in opposing ways. The San Antonio debate will focus on half domestic policy, half foreign policy, and will be moderated.
Texans can finally strap themselves in for the ride and know what to expect. Early propositions from Beto O’Rourke wanted 2 debates to be spoken in Spanish, clearly catering to a particular segment of the populace. Cruz struck down this proposal, as all three debates will be spoken in English. Texans that tunes into the debates will in every case be hearing the traditional American language.
How these three encounters unfold could have a major impact on the outcome of the election. With polls too close to call, the tension of this race is symbolic of the greater 2018 midterms and the future of the United States.