Two candidates on the ballot for the race to Senate try and make a name for themselves throughout the State of Texas.

Compare and share their viewpoints on some of the biggest issues of 2018.

Gun Control

Ted Cruz

“When the first “assault weapons” ban was passed in the 1990s, it was one of the least effective pieces of legislation Congress has ever passed. After that legislation expired in 2004, the Department of Justice studied its effect & concluded it had precisely zero impact on preventing violent crime.”

Beto O’Rourke

“What if we required universal background checks to ensure that firearms only get into the hands of those who won’t harm themselves or someone else.”

Do you support an assault-weapons ban?

Cruz

M

No

Beto

N

Yes

Do you support increased background checks?

Cruz

N

Yes

Beto

N

Yes

Do you support expanding concealed-carry permits?

Cruz

N

Yes

Beto

M

No

Healthcare

Cruz

“Whenever you put the government in charge of health care, what it means is they ration. They decide you get care and you don’t. I don’t think the government has any business telling you-you’re not entitled to receive health care.”

Beto

“We are the least insured state in the country. Instead of continuing to threaten the health care of the 11.5 million Texans who live with a pre-existing condition, let’s work to ensure more people can see a doctor.”

Should ObamaCare be replaced?

Cruz

N

Yes

Beto

M

No

Should Medicaid be expanded?

Cruz

M

No

Beto

N

Yes

Dreamers and Immigration

Cruz

“I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally, doing so is inconsistent with the promises we made to the men and women who elected us.”

Beto

“Dreamers are part of the positive future of Texas. DACA makes it possible for them to stay, excel & give back to their country, the USA.”

Should “dreamers” have a clear path to citizenship?

Cruz

M

No

Beto

N

Yes

Do you want to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border?

Cruz

N

Yes

Beto

M

No

Do you want to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants?

Cruz

N

Yes

“Do you know how many aliens Bill Clinton deported? 12 million. Do you know how many illegal aliens, George W. Bush deported? 10 million.”

Beto

M

No

Energy and Environment

Cruz

“Climate change is the perfect pseudoscientific theory for a big government politician who wants more power. Why? Because it is a theory that can never be disproven.”

Beto

“It is crucial now more than ever that the U.S. and world leaders act urgently to address the issue of climate change. We must ensure the funding and independence of organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) so that they can provide necessary climate science research.”

Do you believe in climate change?

Cruz

M

No

Beto

N

Yes

Should the U.S. rejoin the Paris Climate Accords?

Cruz

M

No

Beto

N

Yes

Should fracking be banned?

Cruz

M

No

Beto

M

No

No, but believes in empowering EPA to exercise oversight of those harming the environment, particularly drilling, fracking, and pipeline construction.

Education

Cruz

“Education is foundational to every other challenge you’ve got. If you’re looking at issues of crime or poverty or healthcare, if you have education, if you get the foundation of an education, all of those problems by and large can take care of themselves.”

Beto

“I want us to get our priorities right. I want us to pay teachers a living wage. I want us to take care of retired teachers. Here is the consequence if we fail to: Not only are we doing the wrong thing morally and ethically… But in our own self-interest, we’re going to fail to recruit the best and the brightest into the classroom.”

Should there be government funding for private schools?

Cruz

N

Yes

Beto

M

No

“Cruz’s private school give away will cost taxpayers $500 million to subsidize wealthy parents at the expense of public school students.”

Do you support charter schools?

Cruz

N

Yes

Beto

Unclear

Do you support Common Core?

Cruz

M

No

Beto

N

Yes

Should there be a program for no-tuition community college?

Cruz

M

No

Beto

N

Yes

LGBT Rights

Cruz

“Traditional marriage is an institution whose integrity and vitality are critical to the health of any society. We should remain faithful to our moral heritage and never hesitate to defend it.”

Beto

“Americans must be treated equally under the law. [A] step we can take to achieve this goal include supporting measures like the Equality Act, proposed legislation that would provide the same nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQIA Americans as any other protected class under federal law.”

Do you support same-sex marriage?

Cruz

Unclear

“My view on gay marriage is that I’m a constitutionalist and marriage is a question for the states. And so I think if someone wants to change the marriage laws of their state, the way to do so is convince your fellow citizens — and change them democratically, rather than five unelected judges.”

Beto

N

Yes

Abortion

Cruz

“As I continue to serve in the Senate, I remain committed to supporting pro-life legislation in efforts to protect the health and well-being of all women, and to save as many unborn children as we possibly can.” 

Beto

“Women, not Congress, should make the best decisions for their health and the health of their families without government interference.”

Do you support keeping abortion legal?

Cruz

M

No

Beto

N

Yes

Do you support abortion if the life of the woman is at risk?

Cruz

N

Yes

Beto

N

Yes

Do you support some restrictions on late-term abortions?

Cruz

N

Yes

Beto

M

No

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