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

Gage Skidmore Donald Trump at CPAC 2011. Flickr /cc

Gage Skidmore Donald Trump at CPAC 2011. Flickr /cc

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

Cruz said O'Rourke was "running hard to the left" by embracing positions like open borders, amnesty and undermining the Second Amendment.

The ad says O'Rourke "wants to take our guns" and calls him "liberal Robert", referring to his given first name, and says he "changed his name to Beto".

"If you're gonna run in Texas, you can't be a liberal, man. 'Cause liberal thought is not the spirit of a Lone Star man", the song begins. "Not a chance he'll get a vote from millions of Texans", the song continued.

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O'Rourke did similarly poorly in south Texas and the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday night and won a little over 60 percent of the vote overall, despite facing two opponents, Sema Hernandez and Edward Kimbrough, with little money or name recognition.

"You know, look, your name is Rafael". Your middle name is Edward ― that's an anglicized version of it.

"Why go after it? You're both doing the same thing". The senator seemingly acknowledged that Cuomo was "absolutely right" regarding the pair's nicknames, but instead avoided the "why" question and launched into a soapbox about his father's immigrating to the United States from Cuba "with nothing". "He's running for the U.S. Senate in Texas". That style has led many people to ask if O'Rouke is the candidate who can do what no Democrat has done in a quarter-century - win a statewide contest in Texas.

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