Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s first shot at his expected Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke? Mocking his name. As Tuesday’s primaries were closing, Cruz’s campaign released a 60-second radio ad that was a country music jingle prodding O’Rourke for going by “Beto” rather than “Robert.”
“Liberal Robert wanted to fit in, so he changed his name to Beto and hid it with a grin,” the song says. O’Rourke said he’s gone by “Beto” since he was born. “My parents have called me Beto from day one, and it’s just — it’s kind of a nickname for Robert in El Paso. It just stuck,” he said in a brief phone interview Tuesday night.
FIRST LISTEN: our new 60-second statewide radio ad introducing our liberal opponent, Congressman Robert O’Rourke, to Texas voters.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 7, 2018
Cruz begins the general election accusing O’Rourke of changing his name from “Robert” to “Beto” to fit in. O’Rourke tells @ericbradner he’s been called “Beto” since he was born. https://t.co/Q4KspTf8vG
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 7, 2018
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 7, 2018