ABC News reporter Paula Faris spent some time with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, for a piece on the dueling campaigns that ran Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
In an on-the-street segment with O'Rourke, as adoring crowds cheered him, Faris noted in a voiceover, "You can't go 10 feet without an interruption from a Beto backer."
A grinning Faris then observed to O'Rourke, "You're a rock star."
When O'Rourke brushed off her apparent compliment, Faris doubled down. "No, you really are! You can't go anywhere without getting noticed," she said. She then brushed back her hair before the pair continued their nighttime stroll.
How were the separate interviews handled?
When Faris sat down with O'Rourke, she noted that President Donald Trump "attacked you" and gave the Democrat the chance to respond. Faris did note a moment when O'Rourke "took a page out of Trump's playbook" during one his debates with Cruz, and the congressman told Faris calling Cruz a liar at the time wasn't the "best phrase" for him to use.
As for her interview with Cruz, Faris questioned the Republican about his relationship with Trump — particularly given their contentious battles during the 2016 presidential campaign — as well as differences of opinion regarding family separation at the border. Faris then highlighted O'Rourke's suggestion to give aid to Central American countries so their citizens don't feel the need to migrate north.
Here's the segment: