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

- Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke have declared that they have mutually reached an agreement to take part in three debates leading up to the mid-term general elections in November.

The first debate is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. That one-hour debate will focus on the topic of domestic policy. Sen. Cruz and Congressman O'Rourke will each speak from podiums before an audience of 240 people. The debate will have a moderator.

The second debate is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30 on the University of Houston campus in Houston and will focus on the topic of domestic policy. The candidates will be seated on stools in the town hall format with an audience of at least 250 people.

The final debate is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16 in San Antonio. That debate will have a moderator with a projected audience of 120 people. The topics to be discussed at the third debate will be domestic policy and foreign policy. The candidates will be positioned behind podiums.

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