Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) debated his Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke Tuesday night and ended up stumbling over what should have been a very easy question to answer.
One of the debate moderators asked Cruz to tell voters “something you’ve done in the last year that has nothing to do with politics” so that Texans can form a better “insight to who you are as a person.”
Cruz’s response, apart from looking like he was just asked to find the solution to quantum gravity, was six seconds of dead silence and a heavy sigh.
The incumbent Republican then said the hardest part about being a Senator “is being a dad,” followed by remarks about how tough it is managing a family while working in Washington.
Watch the clip below:
We dare you not to cringe as a simple debate question stumped Texas Senator Ted Cruz into six seconds of painful silence. pic.twitter.com/Ca4uNL33b5
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) October 17, 2018
Needless to say, this didn’t help Cruz’s likeability factor on Twitter. People were pretty amazed that Cruz, himself a sitting Senator and former federal prosecutor, wasn’t able to answer a question about his personal life.
Yeah, he got a softball lobbed in the air and couldn't hit it 😂sounds like he went low on himself. For a master debater and someone who has been around politics, he sure goofed.
— PaDe. (@PaDenys) October 17, 2018
It was so telling
— Kelsey Drake (@kelseyinsilence) October 17, 2018
It will be a fine day when Cruz loses! 👍🏻😛
— Peter Brook (@peterb3182) October 17, 2018
not that deep
— hunna (@Hunter_Haynie) October 17, 2018
Q: What do Ted Cruz's kids call it when daddy goes away to Washington?
— Dee Peezy (@DEEPEEZYISHERE) October 17, 2018
Watched it live last night with a few others. A lot of us started laughing and gasping at the same time.
— Truthandonlythetruth (@TRUTH22410803) October 17, 2018
HAHAHA! Oh, this is perfect. (BTW It would probably help if he had a shred of humanity)
— soupcity (@emmbee1002) October 17, 2018
Seems the hardest part about Ted Cruz's job is keep his mind on the issues that face Texas. If being a dad is so hard on you to represent Texas then your not the person for the job. Stay home and raise your family.
— Maggie A (@maggie12161773) October 17, 2018
Cruz has answered other questions with silence in the past – tough questions at that.