The second debate in the Texas Senate race between Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Beto O’Rourke has been postponed due to Cruz being in Washington for weekend votes, The Dallas Morning News reported.
While weekend votes were widely expected, the Senate announced Friday evening that it would go into recess until Monday morning. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday afternoon, and the full Senate voted to advance the process by a unanimous voice vote in the evening. The final confirmation vote has been delayed for up to a week to allow for an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.
Republican leaders need every vote to proceed with the confirmation, and that includes Cruz, who has staunchly defended Kavanaugh and decried Democratic attempts to derail the nomination with allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a student in high school and college, Dallas News adds.
According to Senator Cruz, the Thursday hearings were “shameful,” adding that both professor Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh were “treated incredibly poorly by Senate Democrats and the media.”
Cruz joined fellow Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn in criticizing Senator Dianne Feinstein for sitting on Blasey’s allegations for several weeks.
“That is not a fair process. We should look to the facts, not anonymous innuendo and slander,” Cruz said. Feinstein responded that she kept the allegations confidential by Blasey’s request.
During the Senate debate in Dallas on September 21, O’Rourke called for Blasey’s allegations to be heard and investigated by the FBI. O’Rourke has not explicitly opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation. On Friday morning, O’Rourke tweeted that Blasey showed “real courage and strength” during Thursday’s hearing, The Dallas Morning News noted.