Democratic candidate for the Texas Senate, Beto O’Rourke, says he will not be debating Ted Cruz on Friday (Aug 31) in Dallas, despite months of anticipation.

The O’Rourke campaign first challenged Cruz in April 2018 to a series of six public debates across Texas. It wasn’t until July 25 that the Cruz campaign responded with a more detailed debate proposal of five public debates.

The first debate was to be a podium format debate held in Dallas on Friday, August 31, that would focus on jobs, taxes, federal regulations, and the national economy.

On Monday, however, O’Rourke himself said that he will not be debating Cruz August 31 due to conflicts with the Cruz campaign over details of the debate schedule, topics of discussion, and the selection of moderators.

The Cruz campaign has said that the only reason for the cancellation is that O’Rourke is scared to debate Ted Cruz.