Courtesy of CNN: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
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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.
And here's proof.
By the way, Ted Cruz's real name is Rafael Cruz.lol Ted Cruz pic.twitter.com/kr3be1Cv5C— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) March 7, 2018
He adopted the name "Ted" to "fit in."
But hey, catchy tune. That should really help in the general election.