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Bloomberg Shamelessly Panders to Cubans, Then Ted Cruz Puts Him in His Place

Bloomberg Shamelessly Panders to Cubans, Then Ted Cruz Puts Him in His Place
Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s apparent attempt to relate to Cuban voters fell flat Tuesday, as the former New York City mayor’s comments were widely seen as nothing more than an attempt at pandering.
Bloomberg, a billionaire who has spent roughly half a billion dollars on his presidential campaign but whose name was not on the ballot in the first four states to cast their votes for president this year, was in Miami on Super Tuesday, but he was asked about his efforts to win the state of Texas.
Texas is one of 14 states where residents are casting their votes for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.
“You’ve spent a lot of time in Texas?” a reporter asked Bloomberg as he was walking down the street.
“Tejas, we’d say here,” Bloomberg responded.

The reporter asked him to repeat what he’d said: “What’d you say?”
“Tejas,” Bloomberg said. “That’s Spanish for ‘Texas.'”
“You’re in a Cuban neighborhood so you gotta know your audience.”
Reporter: You've spent a lot of time in Texas?

El Bloombito: Tejas, we'd say here

Reporter: What'd you say?

Bloombito: Tejas

Reporter: Tejas?

Bloombito: That's Spanish for 'Texas'

Reporter: Okay
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For the most part, however, most Hispanic Americans simply say “Texas.”
What about Bloomberg’s claim that “you’re in a Cuban neighborhood so you gotta know your audience?
Well, Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz knows a thing or two about that, seeing as his father was born in Cuba.

And the Texas Republican had just a two-word response to Bloomberg: “No comprendo,” or, “I don’t understand.”
Cruz was far from the only one to call Bloomberg out:
As a Texas resident I can attest that we exclusively say Tay-Hoss. Yep. We all do. If you pronounce the X like some kind of white person from Minnesota then you’re all hat and no cattle, as we also say.

According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, Bloomberg was in third place in Texas going into Super Tuesday, with 18 percent support, though that was before voters cast their ballots.

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