Ted Cruz ad mocks challenger O'Rourke for going by 'Beto'

Nellie Chapman
March 12, 2018

The song was directed at the victor of the Democratic primary, Beto O'Rourke. Republicans cast 1.5 million votes in the Senate primary; about 1 million Democrats cast a vote in their primary.

"Cruz lacks Trump's visceral instincts", said Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a "jingle" criticizing his Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, after he clinched the nomination in Tuesday's primary, the former presidential hopeful made the cable news rounds to convince his supporters (and himself) that his re-election bid was secure.

"There is no doubt the extreme left, right now, is energized". Cruz is a well-connected incumbent with more cash on hand-about $6 million to O'Rourke's $4.9 million. He said Texas voters were far more interested in discussing jobs, health care and immigration.

"They've got another little tune here to play for us", says the host, who just seconds later is asking them to "Hurry up, guys, the show's about over".

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Cruz easily won the Texas election Tuesday and will take on O'Rourke in the November general election.

With a quick photo response that leaned more cute than cutting, Mr. O'Rourke may be able to defuse any lasting effect of Mr. Cruz's approach. "So I think he's pretty strong for the election in Texas". "It's in that first line: 'If you're going to run in Texas you can't be a liberal, man 'cause liberal thought is not the spirit of a Lone Star man'". That said, it came to Colbert to do his own version of this parody song in response to Cruz.

Cruz, meanwhile, goes by Ted instead of his given name - Rafael Edward Cruz.

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