Ted Cruz says Democratic opponent will ban Texas barbecue

O'Rourke campaigns in Houston Texas

Texans aren't sure if he was kidding. Cruz was speaking before a packed house at a restaurant in the southeastern Texas town when he chose to highlight the fact that PETA was protesting at his events, according to a report from the Austin-American Statesman. "When I got here someone told me that even PETA was protesting and giving out barbecued tofu, so I got to say, they summed up the entire election: If Texas elects a Democrat, they're going to ban barbecue across the state of Texas", Cruz told the crowd, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

The demonstration was in response to another attempted Cruz zinger last week.

"Larry Sabato, director of the U.Va. Center for Politics, said Cruz's feuds with Trump during the 2016 presidential election tarnished his reputation with some Texas Republicans", writes the Washington Examiner. They want us to be just like California.

Cruz doubled down on his joke with a tweet on Sunday in which he shared photos of PETA protesters.

Some weren't sure if Cruz was joking.


Catherine Frazier, a spokesperson for Cruz's campaign, said the senator "was having a laugh with his audience" and that "his speech was very well received".

Cruz has been laying the attack ads on O'Rourke over the past few weeks as O'Rourke has crept up in the polls.

The Cruz ad takes aim at Mr. O'Rourke's stance on immigration and highlights news headlines about illegal immigrants that were accused of carrying out heinous crimes, including murder and sexual assault, after being deported multiple times from the United States.

"We are seeing tens of millions of dollars flooding into the state of Texas from liberals all over the country who desperately want to turn the state of Texas blue", Cruz said. One Twitter user chastised Cruz for sending a letter addressed to his 88-year-old grandmother, who suffered from cognitive decline.

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