Ted Cruz’s lengthy pause at the Texas debate is quickly mocked

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) debated his Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Tuesday night—but the senator’s inability to answer a simple question has sparked numerous jokes online.

The two candidates were asked to say something they’ve done in the past year “that has nothing to do with politics” that would give voters an idea of who they were as “a person.”

Cruz was asked to answer first, and as HuffPost points out, he took an awkward pause before exhaling.

Not exactly the best response to an easy question.

The senator finally answered the question by talking about spending time away from his family while serving as a member of Congress, using an anecdote about coaching his daughter’s basketball team.

O’Rourke also spoke about his family.

The awkward pause from Cruz, however, caught the attention of some people online.

The debate between the Republican senator and O’Rourke comes at an important time for the campaigns. The race is one of the most-watched in the country, but recent polls show Cruz pulling ahead of O’Rourke—despite the Democrat’s enormous fundraising edge.

H/T HuffPost

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

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).