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The latest reason Cruz thinks voters should choose him over O’Rourke? Sometimes his opponent curses.
The Texas senator tweeted out an attack ad on Monday that shows O’Rourke cursing at several public events in the past.
“A lighthearted reminder: A #LaborDay picnic is a great place to bring the kids. A Beto O’Rourke rally? Not so much… #TXSen,” he wrote.
The senator may be feeling the heat. An Emerson College poll released late last month found Cruz leading O’Rourke by just one point. Real Clear Politics, which tracks a number of polls and averages those out, has the senator leading his Democratic challenger by 4.4 points.
Since then the incumbent senator and the Texas Republican party have been turning up the attacks, including using an old mugshot of O’Rourke that people found quite attractive. A campaign ad released last week attacked O’Rourke’s viral speech where he defended people protesting injustice during the national anthem at NFL games.
The latest attack ad shared by the Texas senator shows O’Rourke saying “fuck” several times in the past during public appearances, and argues that people should “maybe keep the kids at home.”
As of Tuesday morning, Cruz’s tweet was harshly mocked and ratioed, with more than 9,000 people replying to it compared to 5,500 people liking it.
Ted Cruz, who will speak at a Trump rally in October, is running an attack ad about how his opponent uses foul language: https://t.co/kshwFYUssE— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 3, 2018
Lolz, I don’t get how this was supposed to be a negative ad. https://t.co/1Qy9CWKd5v— Robert (@Robert_JWalters) September 4, 2018
In Ted Cruz’s greatest attack ad yet, he reveals that Beto O’Rourke says...“fuck” every now and again. https://t.co/revcPVuEks— Sarah Lerner (@SarahLerner) September 3, 2018
Ted Cruz accidentally spent money producing a great Beto for Texas ad https://t.co/ILJbvhKf1M— AJ (@AJ_Williamson_) September 4, 2018
Every campaign ad Cruz puts out against Beto makes me love him more. https://t.co/HRnjoQ1uwe— KerryBean78 (@KerryBean78) September 4, 2018
This is just the latest attack on O’Rourke by Cruz and Republicans that people online have said make them like the Democratic challenger more.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).