Good news in the first days of the general election: Cruz will debate Sadler. On the night of the runoff, Sadler challenged Cruz to a debate – and Cruz accepted.
After learning that Cruz accepted the invitation, Sadler said, “Good. The people deserve a debate. Ted Cruz doesn't belong in the United States Senate and I'm glad I will get the opportunity to show why. I'm prepared and excited to discuss the important issues that are affecting Texans' everyday lives. Now we have to set a date.”
Coming out swinging is always a good look, and Sadler's doing just that. In a statement, Sadler explained, “Ted Cruz sees a future controlled by giant corporations and the super wealthy. If Ted Cruz gets his way, the wealthy will control jobs, the capital, and health care. The rest of us will be left to fend for ourselves.”
This is a smart attack on Cruz, pointing out that he's a fraud who claims to represent Texans but is really vying to be the lapdog of his corporate donors. It is Sadler's responsibility in the coming months to show Texans that Ted Cruz can't be trusted because he doesn't have their best interests at heart. There are other ways that Sadler can go after Cruz – like pointing out that he's crazy and his conspiracy theories indicate that he could be mentally unstable.
Getting Cruz to agree to debate is a very good start. Rick Perry successfully avoided debating Bill White for the entire 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Maybe Cruz doesn't think Sadler poses the strong challenge that Bill White did, but he might be wrong. It's up to Sadler to prove it, and he's off on the right foot with statements like these that combine smart politics with smart policy:
“Unlike Cruz, I'm a seasoned legislator. I also support the Dream Act, Medicare, and a fair tax system designed to make sure that huge corporations and the super wealthy pay their fair share. Cruz, on the other hand, doesn't support the Dream Act, wants to destroy Medicare, and has been bought out by the super rich.”