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O'Rourke Not Ready to Commit to Schumer for Leader

Ted Cruz's campaign proposed five debates with the Democrat.

July 26, 2018, 10:31 a.m.

“When asked if he would commit to voting for Sen. Chuck Schumer … as Democratic leader if he is elected,” Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) “said ‘no.’” O’Rourke: “I would have to...listen to those who are vying for that position and then make the best-informed decision. But I've not spoken to [Sen. Schumer] or really anyone about it. In fact, this is the first time I've been asked the question.”

O’Rourke added “that his fellow Democrats’ call to abolish ICE is just a ‘slogan or a bumper sticker’ that won’t accomplish anything. … O’Rourke, who represents the El Paso area and has visited detention sites several times, noted that abolishing ICE won’t solve the still-pressing issue of family reunification after minors were separated from their parents at illegal border crossings.” (ABC)

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) challenged O'Rourke “to five topical debates before Election Day, about three months after O'Rourke challenged Cruz to six. Cruz strategist Jeff Roe … said the debates would all take place on Friday evenings ‘because the Senate is expected to be in session during that time.’ … O'Rourke responded in a statement to reporters: ‘I am encouraged that Sen. Cruz has decided that he’s ready to debate the issues. Our campaign looks forward to working with his campaign to finalize mutually agreed upon details.’

“The five debates would be the most ever conducted in a U.S. Senate race in Texas, according to the Cruz campaign. A spokesperson described the proposal as ‘all inclusive and final,’ saying the Cruz campaign is not open to negotiating the dates, locations or topics. Cruz's team, however, is willing to work with O'Rourke's on other details such as moderators, sponsorships and media partners, the spokesperson said.” (Texas Tribune)

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