AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke names ahead of a trip to Texas to stump for O’Rourke’s Republican opponent, incumbent Ted Cruz.
Trump tweeted Wednesday “Beto is a flake” and that Cruz “has done so much for Texas,” including creating jobs and cutting taxes, but that “O’Rourke would blow it.”
That follows O’Rourke borrowing a Trump nickname for Cruz from when the two were 2016 Republican presidential rivals, calling the senator “Lyin’ Ted” during a debate Tuesday night in San Antonio.
Trump is traveling to Houston on Monday to rally for Cruz as O’Rourke has kept the race reasonably close, even in deeply conservative Texas.
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O’Rourke sharply criticized Cruz during the debate. On Wednesday, he unveiled negative attack ads, further breaking with his usual bipartisan and feelgood image.