Willie Nelson Unbothered By Fans Outraged Over His Beto O'Rourke Support

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Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke addressed in their first debate Friday at SMU.

O'Rourke and Cruz will meet for two more debates before Election Day.

The vast differences between the two candidates on nearly every hot topic were on display, particularly immigration and border security.

Alternating yard signs for Cruz and O'Rourke line the front lawns in the neighborhood, which is not unlike other areas of the country where Republicans find themselves on defense in 2018, facing voters that have traditionally voted Republican but may be disillusioned with the first years of the Donald Trump presidency. When asked if he cared that fans have an issue with his performance at the O'Rourke fundraiser, Nelson said plainly, "I don't care". He also said that O'Rourke was more to the left on policy than Sen. "There is nothing I would like more than to be pleasantly surprised by an increase in voter turnout, but I think.it's going to be a ripple rather than a wave". "Get a better idea of what they're going to do for you, or not do for you".

"This is why people don't like Washington, D.C. - you just said something that I did not say and attributed it to me", O'Rourke told Cruz at one point.

O'Rourke has built his campaign around healthcare, economic inequality, and resisting Trump and Cruz's immigration policies, as well as calling for some gun-control measures including uniform background checks and banning high-capacity weapons. "No one here, including myself, has suggested anyone should be doing that", he said.

"Nobody should be in their own home and shot and killed in their own home", Cruz said. Now, I think what he's fighting for doesn't work.

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Greenberg, with the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, has been studying the polls and says Cruz has the advantage simply because there are more registered Republicans in Texas. The Post found that between 2015 and August 20 of this year, 90 unarmed black men were killed by police.

Cruz and O'Rourke are facing each other in a surprisingly competitive US Senate race in Texas, a Republican stronghold.

Nelson was asked if he was "bothered by society that he was judged by who he liked politically".

"They're entitled to their opinion and I'm entitled to mine."@WillieNelson on the criticism he received from some fans because of his support for Texas U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke: "I've been supporting Democrats all my life".

A Dallas Morning News analysis of Cruz's votes found that Cruz had the third-most absences of any senator in 2015, and had the most absences in the Senate in 2016.

The candidates will also debate on September 30 at the University of Houston and on October 16 in San Antonio. The deadline to register to vote is October 9.

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