Cruz jokes: Democrats will ban barbecue across Texas
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Texas Senator Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators at White House Senators confirm Erdoğan played 'propaganda' video in White House meeting MORE (R) warned Democrats would ban barbecue across the state should they win elections, a comment made in jest

“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 the crowd in Columbus, Texas, according to Austin American-Statesman.

Cruz went on to thank People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

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“You want to talk about an issue to mobilize the people, and I’m talking everybody,” Cruz said to laughter, according to the newspaper.

“So I want to thank PETA, and I do want to tell PETA you’re going to have to disclose to the [Federal Election Commission] that by coming and protesting and giving away tofu, that you have given an in-kind contribution to my campaign by demonstrating just how bad things can get.” 

Cruz is facing a tough reelection battle against Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D).

According to a recent poll conducted by CBS Dallas-Fort Worth and Dixie Strategies, Cruz and O'Rourke are neck and neck in the race, with the Republican leading his challenger by only 4 points, within the margin of error.