Desperate Beto Tries To Channel Trump. Calls Cruz 'Lyin' Ted.'

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Now Houston-based filmmaker Richard Linklater ("Slacker", "Dazed and Confused", "Boyhood", etc.) is reviving the weirdness in a new Fire Ted Cruz PAC ad (below)-a sequel to last week's "Is Ted Cruz "Tough As Texas"?" spot ("Watch the strangely delightful Richard Linklater-directed "Fire Ted Cruz" ad that's gone viral").

"He's dishonest. It's why the president called him "Lyin" Ted, ' and it's why the nickname stuck, because it's true", said the three-term congressman from El Paso, who is trailing the GOP incumbent in the polls.

The bit stems from an August statement from Cruz's campaign calling Beto O'Rourke a "triple meat Whataburger liberal".

"It's clear Congressman O'Rourke's pollsters have told him to come out on the attack", Cruz shot back.

Cruz decried O'Rourke's "extreme views" on abortion.

Cruz and O'Rourke wasted little time laying into each other in the final scheduled debate of a Texas Senate race that has become one of the country's hottest - even as polls suggest it may not stay close.

Cruz said O'Rourke was eager to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump that would lead to a partisan circus.

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Monday, Linklater sized up Cruz again and hit him where it hurts, mocking his campaign's freakish attack on O'Rourke for being a "Triple Meat Whataburger liberal", whatever that means, and showing a clip from the Senate floor during which Cruz proclaims his love for White Castle.

The conservative firebrand who has made a career out of rankling member of both parties, bemoaned a lack of civility in today's politics, something he again blamed on the "anger" and "rage" from a far-left "mob", evoking rhetoric that has been used by the president recently on the campaign trail.

On Tuesday night, the Democrat went on the attack with charges such as, "Ted Cruz is for Ted Cruz".

"Really interesting to hear you talk about a partisan circus after your six years in the U.S. Senate", O'Rourke shot back, drawing laughs from the audience. He accused his opponent of being "all talk and no action". O'Rourke accused Cruz of not doing enough to stand up to Trump when it came to Russian Federation and that the state needs a "full-time senator" rather than someone who concentrates on running for president. We were the sixth largest city in the state. "I only represent the people of Texas".

On healthcare, O'Rourke said he favors expanding Medicaid and getting to universal health care. Do we choose fear, or do we choose hope?

O'Rourke criticized Cruz for his unwillingness to stand up to Trump on a range of issues, and said he had failed to stop Trump from pushing tariffs that would hurt Texas farmers and businesses.