In the debate, Tuesday night in San Antonio, Texas between Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Representative Beto O’Rourke, a seemingly simple ice breaker question led to an awkward six seconds of silence from the senator.
The Huffington Post reported that a moderator posed the following question:
“Tell us something you’ve done in the last year that has nothing to do with politics that would give Texans insight to who you are as a person.”
Instead of answering right away, the softball question led to an agonizingly painful six-second pause from Cruz leading the audience to laugh when the senator eventually sighed.
Ultimately, Cruz’s answer related to how tough it was to miss all the family things while he serves in the United States Senate. Meanwhile, his challenger, O’Rourke agreed with him that balancing fatherhood and public service is not an easy job. However, O’Rourke provided a bit more insight into himself when he admitted that he plays drums with a set that is supposedly his son’s, but it was really for him.
Twitter had a bit of a field day with the moment from the Texas Debate with some users insinuating that the pause told Texans everything they needed to know about the person that Cruz is.
The moment wasn’t the only time that Cruz struggled last night, though. According to an Inquisitr report, Cruz also snapped at the moderator — after a question highlighting civility and respectfulness in politics and its importance.
While Cruz discussed the far left’s rage in response to the original question, the moderator attempted to ask him a follow-up, but Cruz snappily said, “Don’t interrupt me, Jason.”
Some people watching the debate closely felt that Cruz’s response to the question as well as the fact that he snapped at the moderator caused the senator to lose the entire Texas Debate against O’Rourke.
Of course, in the debate, O’Rourke used President Donald Trump’s insulting words against Cruz repeating the “Lyin’ Ted” refrain from the 2016 Republican primary when Cruz was one of several candidates running against Trump for the nominations.
While several users on Twitter roasted Cruz on the question of who he is as a person as well as his disrespectful response to a question on respectfulness and civility, it’s unclear how his lack of a natural response about who he is outside of politics could play with voters come November 6. Currently, the polls show that Cruz leads O’Rourke with a razor-thin margin in the contentious race for senator.