Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Why is Ted Cruz _ given name Rafael _ picking on nicknames?

Why is Ted Cruz _ given name Rafael _ picking on nicknames?

The media started grumbling about this last night when he rolled out his new ad, pointedly using Democrat Beto O'Rourke's given name in his tweet about it.

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Anticipating O'Rourke would win the Democratic nomination, Cruz chalked up his popularity to "benefiting from left-wing rage". The jingle calls O'Rourke "liberal Robert" and says he "changed his name to Beto". In an email to supporters, O'Rourke said he was grateful.

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For his part, Beto has defended the nickname. "It just stuck", he told CNN.

O'Rourke has posted a photo on Instagram of himself as a child, wearing a sweater with "Beto" stitched on it, CNN reported. Ted Cruz smiled Wednesday when an interviewer raised the obvious point about his deriding an opponent for using a nickname: Cruz uses a nickname too.

Chris Cuomo went after Cruz about it this morning, with Cruz dodging the question by insisting that the ad jingle was all in good fun.

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