Ted Cruz Hit with Ad Wave by Progressive Group Who Blitzed Joe Manchin on Stimulus Checks

A progressive political action committee (PAC) has launched an ad campaign aimed at Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) following his controversial trip to Cancun, Mexico during major power outages in Texas.

No Excuses PAC will run a new ad in 147 radio stations in the state. The commercial spot criticizes Cruz for his flight to Mexico and contrasts him with former Congressman Beto O'Rourke.

The same PAC targeted Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) in the last few weeks over his reluctance to support further stimulus checks as part of a new COVID-19 relief package.

The 30-second ad was shared on Twitter on Thursday, a day after Cruz flew out of the country.

Photos of the senator at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas and on an airplane headed to Mexico went viral yesterday.

"Across the state of Texas, homes are without power, they're without water, and our loved ones are dying, and our senator decided that now would be a good time to take a Mexican vacation," the ad says.

"He got busted for it and decided to feed us a line of malarkey about how he's just gonna accompany the family down there for a day."

No Excuses PAC, which ran ads in WV urging Manchin to support $1400 checks, is putting up a radio ad in Texas on Cruz's "Mexican vacation." 147 stations pic.twitter.com/s13iRxbcpW

— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 18, 2021

Cruz issued a statement on Thursday amid the controversy that appeared to imply he only went to Mexico to escort his family and intended to return to the U.S. promptly. However, he told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday night that he had planned to stay for the weekend before having second thoughts.

"You may be thinking, what could Ted Cruz do anyway? Well, Beto O'Rourke organized phone banks to do wellness checks on the elderly and if they weren't doing well, he made sure that he got them help," the ad goes on.

"Cancun Cruz is an embarrassment to Texas," the ad says. "Has been, always will be."

O'Rourke, a Democrat and former congressman, ran against Cruz for the Senate in 2018. He highlighted his own work in Texas on Twitter on Thursday. The state is suffering from severe winter weather that initially left millions without power or heat.

"Over 300,000 phone calls made by volunteers today to help senior citizens in Texas who need heat, water, food and shelter (and some basic kindness)," O'Rourke wrote.

The new ad follows No Excuses PAC's campaign against Manchin for opposing direct stimulus payments to Americans while others in his party, including President Joe Biden, approved of the measure.

"Joe Manchin thinks he knows better than both our president and the Democrats," said an ad from the group that aired on West Virginia radio in January. "I guess Joe just doesn't know what it's been like to live through the pandemic. We should call his office and let him know."

No Excuses PAC has also criticized Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), another moderate Democrats whom the group accused of trying to water down progressive policies.

"Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia have both pledged to help Republicans to negotiate their own party down from real solutions to half measures in the name of 'bipartisanship.' Bipartisanship is a great idea—one Republicans have refused to honor for decades," the PAC said in a statement on February 2.

"Finally, we have a Democratic president and Congressional leadership who are not falling for it. Now the only thing stopping them from taking the fall again, in a 50/50 Senate, are Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema," they said.

The PAC predicted that they could raise several million dollars to campaign against Manchin and Sinema.

Senator Ted Cruz at Cancun International Airport
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) checks in for a flight at Cancun International Airport after a backlash over his Mexican family vacation as his home state of Texas endured a Winter storm on February 18, 2021 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. A progressive group is criticizing Cruz in a radio ad airing on 147 stations. MEGA/GC Images/Getty Images