Watch the Texas U.S. Senate Debate at SMU

SMU, NBC5 and the Dallas Morning News Host Texas Senate Debate

Watch the Debate Rebroadcast from NBC 5


See what SMU faculty and staff experts have to say about the 2018 Texas and U.S. mid-term elections.

Luisa del Rosal, executive director of SMU Tower Center and the SMU Texas-Mexico Center, gives her perspective on how Ted Cruz and Beto ORourke handled the topic of the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.


Dr. Matthew Willson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at SMU, gives his take on the recent debate on the SMU campus between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke.


Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at SMU, Dr. Stephanie Martin offers her perspective on the recent debate on the SMU campus between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke.


What can we expect to see during the next two debates between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke? Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers, senior fellow at SMU's Tower Center for Political Studies, offers her preview.


NBC 5 / KXAS, The Dallas Morning News and SMU will present Decision 2018: Texas U.S. Senate Debate, Texas’ first U.S. Senatorial  debate between Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, broadcast live on NBC 5 / KXAS at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018 from the SMU campus.

This highly anticipated debate with statewide and national interest will be the first scheduled debate between the two candidates prior to Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The moderators will be NBC 5 Political Reporter Julie Fine and The Dallas Morning News Political Writer Gromer Jeffers. The live broadcast will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. CT on Friday, September 21, 2018, with a re-air broadcast from  8 to 9 a.m. CT on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

About NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXAS

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth / KXAS is the NBC Owned television station serving the communities of North Texas with quality news and entertainment programming on NBC 5, COZI TV (Digital 5.2), online at and our other digital and social media platforms.

About The Dallas Morning News

Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News is Texas' leading newspaper and the flagship newspaper subsidiary of A. H. Belo Corporation. It has received nine Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as numerous other industry awards recognizing the quality of its investigative and feature journalism, design, and photojournalism.

About SMU

SMU is the nationally ranked global research university in the dynamic city of Dallas. SMU’s alumni, faculty and nearly 12,000 students in seven degree-granting schools demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit as they lead change in their professions, communities and the world.