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October 16, 2018

The high-profile Senate race in Texas is gathering steam with a Tuesday night debate in San Antonio between Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke, and President Trump set the date Monday for his promised rally with Cruz in Houston — Oct. 22 in the 10,000-seat NRG Arena. And also Monday, the independent Fire Ted Cruz PAC released a new ad from Austin director Richard Linklater, once more featuring actor Sonny Carl Davis. Only this time, he was talking about hamburgers.

Davis started with the Cruz campaign's odd attack on O'Rourke as a "Triple Meat Whataburger liberal." "What does that even mean, Ted?" he asked. "I mean, everybody I know in Texas likes Whataburger." But that was nothing compared with Davis looking pained at Canadian-born Ted Cruz professing his love for White Castle burgers: "There's not a White Castle within 900 miles of Texas, Ted. Maybe up in Canada, huh? But not in Texas."

Fire Ted Cruz is not affiliated with the O'Rourke campaign. This ad, like Linklater's last Sonny Carl Davis spot, is not exactly what you'd call issues-oriented, but it's arguably slightly less ridiculous than some of the attacks on O'Rourke from Cruz and his campaign. Early voting in Texas starts Monday. Peter Weber

October 9, 2018

It's never a good thing when someone hears your earnest campaign slogan and bursts out laughing, yet that's exactly what happens in this new ad poking fun at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Reprising his role from the 2011 movie Bernie, actor Sonny Carl Davis stars in the Richard Linklater–directed advertisement, which takes place in a diner. Davis explains how he heard Cruz is claiming to be "tough as Texas," which is hilarious, seeing as how he now sidles up to President Trump — the same man who once ridiculed wife Heidi Cruz's looks and accused Cruz's father of being involved in the plot to kill a president.

"If somebody called my wife a dog and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn't be kissing their ass," an incredulous Davis says. "You stick a finger in their chest and give them a few choice words or you drag their ass out by the woodshed and kick their ass, Ted. Come on. Ted."

The ad was created by the Fire Ted Cruz PAC, which is independent of the campaign of Cruz's Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas). The PAC was formed by Dallas lawyer Marc Stanley, a Democratic donor, who told the Dallas Morning News it's "not in Beto's DNA to be negative. That's one of the reasons that we started Fire Ted Cruz PAC, so that we could tell people how awful Ted Cruz is." Watch the ad below. Catherine Garcia

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