Chris Cuomo asks Sen. Ted Cruz why he’s criticizing his Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke for going by the childhood nickname ‘Beto’ when Cruz’s real name is actually Rafael: “You’re absolutely right. My name is Rafael Edward Cruz.” https://t.co/tkyhJy6DXk pic.twitter.com/l90lFsvNjf— CNN (@CNN) March 7, 2018
Ted Cruz mocked his opponent in November, Beto O'Rourke, for going by the childhood nickname Beto (he was born Robert Francis), and yet himself was born Rafael Edward Cruz and Anglicized his name.
It says a lot, psychologically, that he's against moving in the direction of sounding more Latino and in favor of moving in the direction of sounding less Latino.
O'Rourke refuses to engage on Cruz's campaign song mocking his name, saying: "I just don't think that's what folks in Texas want us to focus on ... We can focus on the small, mean, petty stuff or we can be big, bold, courageous and confident" https://t.co/6Woz2mxiqX pic.twitter.com/uDMxgOuC7U— New Day (@NewDay) March 7, 2018