AUSTIN, Texas -- The attacks may come fast and furious when the Republicans vying for Texas’ open U.S. Senate seat meet in Tuesday’s debate.
But any on-stage fireworks could pale in comparison to the amount of mud both candidates already are slinging at one another.
Tea Party favorite and ex-state Solicitor General Ted Cruz says his opponent, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, is lying about his record of cutting taxes while overseeing the Texas Senate.
Cruz also says Dewhurst’s trying to cover up his past support of a guest worker program for illegal immigrants.
Dewhurst counters that Cruz is misstating his legislative record, and says his opponent’s a Washington-trained lawyer.
Their July 31 runoff is seen as a test for the tea party and its support of Cruz against mainstream Republican choice Dewhurst.