High Steaks: Cruz Says That A Vote For O’Rourke Is A Vote To Ban Barbecue

EMMETSBURG, IA - JANUARY 29 : Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (second from right) laughs as he applauds a woman who sang him a song as he waits to be introduced during a campaign event at Iowa Lake Communi... EMMETSBURG, IA - JANUARY 29 : Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (second from right) laughs as he applauds a woman who sang him a song as he waits to be introduced during a campaign event at Iowa Lake Community College January 29, 2016 in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Cruz, who is seeking the nomination for the Republican Party is on the presidential campaign trail across Iowa ahead of the Iowa Caucus taking place February 1, a week before the New Hampshire Primaries. Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images MORE LESS
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September 18, 2018 12:22 pm
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has made meat (and its substitutes) a focal point of his recent campaign stops. He raised eyebrows when he said that his Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke would turn Texas into a California-like hellscape replete with “tofu and silicon and dyed hair.”

He brought up tofu again at a campaign stop this weekend after he spotted a few PETA members outside the building, according to a Tuesday Austin-American Statesman report.

“When I got here someone told me that even PETA was protesting and giving out barbecued tofu, so I got to say, they summed up the entire election: If Texas elects a Democrat, they’re going to ban barbecue across the state of Texas,” he said to laughter.

The PETA protestors were reportedly holding up signs that read: “Republicans eat tofu too,” a playful callback to Cruz’s second-most-recent tofu comment.

Cruz and O’Rourke are in a surprisingly tight race, with the Republican incumbent currently leading by 3.2 points according to Real Clear Politics, which classifies the race a “toss up.”

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