Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, expressed some regret Thursday evening for using the infamous nickname “Lyin’ Ted” during a recent debate with the Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz.
“It’s not something that I feel totally comfortable with, and perhaps in the heat of the moment I took a step too far,” O’Rourke said during a CNN town hall in McAllen. Asked by moderator Dana Bash if he regretted his reference to the insult, O’Rourke hesitated, then told her, “I don’t know that that’s the way I want to be talking in this campaign.”
O’Rourke’s unease follows a negative turn by his campaign in recent days, as polls have shown Cruz extending his lead. In addition to his swinging harder at Cruz on the debate stage, O’Rourke’s campaign came out with a trio of anti-Cruz ads the next morning, breaking further from the positive campaign he has long vowed to run.
During their debate Tuesday in San Antonio, O’Rourke sought to push back on Cruz’s attacks by deploying the nickname, which Donald Trump used against Cruz in their bloody battle for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
READ: Here is the resolution from House Democrats condemning Trump’s racist attacks on congresswomen of color
On Tuesday, House Democrats formally introduced a resolution condemning President Donald Trump for his racist social media attacks on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).
The full text, reported by NBC News, can be read below:
Whereas the Founders conceived America as a haven of refuge for people fleeing from religious and political persecution, and Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison all emphasized that the Nation gained as it attracted new people in search of freedom and livelihood for their families;
Trump hit with a brutal and hilarious backlash for hypocritically whining about Dem congresswomen using swear words
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump once again took to Twitter to rant about the "Squad" of Democratic congresswomen of color who he previously suggested should leave the country. This time, he complained, among other things, that they use obscene language:
.....shouting of the F...word, among many other terrible things, and the petrified Dems run for the hills. Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!
Trump scrambles to stop GOP from voting on House resolution calling him racist: ‘Republicans should not show weakness!’
President Donald Trump begged House Republicans not to join Democrats in condemning him for racist tweets against four congresswomen -- and stepped up his attacks on the first-year lawmakers.
House Democrats plan to vote Tuesday on a formal condemnation of the president for repeatedly telling the quartet of lawmakers to go back to their home countries, although only one was not born in the U.S. and has become an American citizen.
"Those Tweets were NOT Racist," Trump insisted. "I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show 'weakness' and fall into their trap."