Cruz caught wind of former Rep. O’Rourke’s latest comments during an interview on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” late Tuesday.
During the show, host Seth Meyers asked the 2020 Democrat, “Do you ever miss how easy it was to be different from Ted Cruz?”
To which O’Rourke responded, “Where is Ted Cruz when you need him?” He continued:
“What was so great about that campaign in Texas, beyond getting a chance to run against Ted Cruz, was running in a state that had been taken for granted — really written off. Ranked 50th in voter turnout. […] And at the end of the day, we turned out in record numbers. […] It was really an extraordinary election.”
Watch the video below:
Cruz made O’Rourke aware that he’s “in the Senate,” where the Democrat is not.
The Texas Republican lawmaker beat O’Rourke in the 2018 Texas Senate race by a slim 2.6%, 214,921 votes.
This isn’t Cruz’s only reaction to O’Rourke’s remarks, as he previously clocked the former representative for suggesting the U.S. was “founded on white supremacy.”
Check out Cruz’s response below:
…in the Senate. https://t.co/xUWakSxZRa
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 24, 2019
In his run for president in 2020, O’Rourke was initially on fire when he announced his campaign, raking in $6.1 million within the first 24 hours and $9.4 million in the first quarter, in total. However, in the second quarter, his fundraising dropped 60% as he raised $3.6 million from April to June, as IJR Red reported.
O’Rourke currently sits at the sixth spot among the other 2020 Democratic hopefuls, with 2.8 percent listing him as their top candidate. Prior to the first 2020 Democratic debate, O’Rourke had 3.9% of support from Democratic voters “if the election were held tomorrow,” but the support dropped to 2.1% after both nights of the debate. Additionally, his favorability dropped to 48% after the debate and his unfavorability uptick by 11.3% to 23.8% following the debate, according to FiveThirtyEight.
However, O’Rourke said during a forum on Wednesday, “The biggest misconception about me, given where we are in the polls today, is that our chances have narrowed and diminished in this race.”