Beto O'Rourke Slams Ted Cruz for Supporting Betsy DeVos in New Set of Attack Ads

Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) debates Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at the KENS 5 studios on October 16 in San Antonio, Texas. A recent poll show Cruz leading O'Rourke 52-45 percent among likely voters. The Democrat released a new set of attack ads against Cruz, with one slamming the senator for supporting Donald Trump's inexperienced pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos. Tom Reel-Pool/Getty Images

Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke released a new campaign ad Wednesday attacking Ted Cruz for his support of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

"At a time when nearly half of the school teachers in Texas are working a second job just to make ends meet, Ted Cruz wants to take our public tax dollars out of their classrooms, turn them into vouchers," O'Rourke begins his 30-second monologue attacking Cruz for his stance on public education.

"He was the deciding vote on putting Betsy DeVos in charge of our children's public education," O'Rourke added, slamming Cruz for supporting President Donald Trump's inexperienced pick to head the federal government's education department. DeVos was just barely confirmed by the Senate shortly after Trump took office. The chamber was tied in the decision to confirm DeVos to the position and Vice President Mike Pence had to step in to break the stalemate.

O'Rourke went on to say that he wants school teachers in Texas to be making a livable wage and have a "retirement of dignity."

The ad is one of three new television advertisements aimed at criticizing Cruz released just weeks before the upcoming midterm elections. The ads highlight three key campaign issues facing voters this November: health care, education and immigration.

In the other ads, O'Rourke accuses Cruz of voting to "take away health care from millions of American families" and also wanting to "deport every single Dreamer."

Polling shows Cruz leading O'Rourke by mid-to-high single digits, but the Democrat has dramatically outraised Cruz and has a massive amount of money to spend in the weeks before Election Day. O'Rourke raised over $38 million in the third quarter, according to Federal Election Commission data. Going into the month of October, O'Rourke still had $23 million to spend.

The two candidates held a debate on Tuesday night, during which O'Rourke repeatedly criticized Cruz and even alluded to Trump's 2016 nickname for the senator: "Lyin' Ted."

"This is what you can expect over course of the debate: Senator Cruz won't be honest with you. He's dishonest," O'Rourke said. "It's why the president called him 'Lyin' Ted' and it's why the nickname stuck—because it's true."

Cruz fired back: "It's clear Congressman O'Rourke's pollsters have told him to come out on the attack. If he wants to insult me and call me names, that's fine."

Trump has gotten involved in the race, showing his support for Cruz and offering to hold a campaign rally for the Republican senator in "Texas's biggest stadium." The president has slammed O'Rourke, calling him a "flake" in a recent Twitter post.