WATCH: First debate between Cruz and O'Rourke

LEFT: Ted Cruz addresses the press after a campaign rally on March 12, 2016 in Missouri (Getty) RIGHT: Beto O'Rourke arrives for a tour of the tent encampment built near the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry on June 23, 2018 (Getty) 

Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz will face off in their first debate tonight. It is the first of three debates in what’s shaping up to be one of the most interesting election races in the country.

The one-hour debate begins at 6 p.m. CST at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and will focus on the topic of domestic policy. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and the challenger for his Senate seat – Congressman Beto O’Rourke will each speak from podiums before an audience of 240 people. 


The second debate is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30 on the University of Houston campus in Houston. The final debate is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16 in San Antonio.

Read 3 debates scheduled between Cruz, O'Rourke in September, October

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