Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Cruz, O'Rourke respond to name-mocking ad

Beto O'Rourke Texas Cruz, O'Rourke respond to name-mocking ad
Melinda Barton | 12 March, 2018, 19:03

O'Rourke's given name is Robert, but he goes by Beto, a childhood nickname that stuck.

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.

"You may not have heard of Beto O'Rourke, but no candidate gets voters more excited than 'Not Ted Cruz, '" Colbert said during his opening monologue.

"Liberal Robert wanted to fit in, so he changed his name to Beto and hid it with a grin", the lyrics say.

Beto wants those open borders, and he wants to take our guns. While it was the highest it had been since 2002 with more than 1 million votes cast, more than 1.5 million voted in the GOP primary.

Seems odd that Rafael Cruz, a native of handsome Calgary, Alberta, Canada, would go after another pol for tweaking his name and downplaying certain biographical details to better "fit in".

"You know, look, your name is Rafael".

"If you're gonna run in Texas, you can't run as a liberal man", his jingle intoned. "You're both doing the same thing". "He's running for the U.S. Senate in Texas". Texas hasn't voted Democratic in a presidential election since 1976, hasn't elected a Democratic governor since 1990, and hasn't elected a Democratic U.S. Senator since 1988.

Mr. O'Rourke has been raising more money than Mr. Cruz in recent quarters and has tried to awaken a dormant Democratic vote in rural parts of Texas by relentlessly holding town hall-style meetings.