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.

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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.”

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Now technically, as The Federalist reported, Bloomberg was correct — “Tejas” is indeed how some Hispanics say “Texas.”

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.

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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:

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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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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