Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ted Cruz jokes that Beto O'Rourke will ban BBQ

Ted Cruz jokes that Beto O'Rourke will ban BBQ

Cruz was speaking before a packed house at a restaurant in the southeastern Texas town when he made a decision to highlight the fact that PETA was protesting at his events, according to a report from the Austin-American Statesman.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Democrats would "ban barbecue across the state of Texas" if Beto O'Rourke won the state's election for US Senate in November.

Country music icon Willie Nelson once again weighed in on the "flak" he's receiving for his support of Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke with a simple message: "We're not happy until they're not happy".

Cruz didn't explain what tofu has to do with O'Rourke or Democrats, or how a USA senator would outlaw barbecue in a state, but in a speech a week earlier, he said liberals wanted to make Texas "just like California, right down to tofu and silicon and dyed hair".

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Texas has not elected a Democratic candidate to a statewide office in more than two decades, but O'Rourke is clearly the best chance of that happening in a long time.

According to a spokesperson for PETA, the protesters gathered outside of Cruz's event, held about 90 miles outside of Austin, were handing out samples of barbecued tofu "in response to Cruz's recent comments that liberals want Texas 'to be just like California, right down to the tofu". During the race, O'Rourke has in fact enjoyed many helpings of BBQ and other meats.

The tongue-in-cheek comments from the Texas Senator come amid an unexpectedly competitive challenge from O'Rourke, who has raised an impressive amount of money in his bid to unseat Cruz in a reliably Republican state. Ted Cruz's opponent in a closely contested race. The audience booed during his remarks.

A Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Poll released Wednesday found Mr. O'Rourke with a 2 percentage point lead over among likely voters.

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