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TX-Sen: New 'Bernie' ad mocks senator's 'Tough as Texas' campaign

A new anti-Cruz ad, featuring Sonny Carl Davis of 2011 "Bernie" fame, mocks GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's "Tough as Texas" slogan. The ad calls out Cruz for accepting an endorsement from President Donald Trump. (Image source: Video screenshot)

A new anti-Cruz ad mocking GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's "Tough as Texas" slogan has been released on social media.

The ad, directed by Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater, features Sonny Carl Davis, who reprised his character from the 2011 dark comedy "Bernie."

"Sonny's character really captures what most Texans understand about Cruz: he's a spineless liar who puts his own ambition ahead of doing his job for the people of Texas," Marc Stanley told The Dallas Morning News.

Stanley, a Dallas lawyer and Democratic donor, formed the PAC, Fire Ted Cruz, which is not connected to Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke's campaign.

The ad calls out Cruz for accepting an endorsement from President Donald Trump, who dubbed Cruz "Lyin' Ted" during the 2016 presidential campaign. Cruz later got behind Trump after the then-presidential nominee secured the Republican nomination.

Trump is expected to make a visit to Texas later this month to campaign for Cruz.

What does the ad say?

"Somebody left something on my door the other day. It said Ted Cruz is Tough as Texas. I mean come on," Davis says in the ad. "If somebody called my wife a dog and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn't be kissing their ass. 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."

Watch the ad:

What else?

The PAC created the ad to counter the attack ads against O'Rourke.

"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," Stanley told the newspaper.

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