Cruz was speaking before a packed house at a restaurant in the southeastern Texas town when he made a decision to highlight the fact that PETA was protesting at his events, according to a report from the Austin-American Statesman.
A new poll released by Quinnipiac University Tuesday shows Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke down nine points in his race against Texas Sen.
Seizing on the opportunity, Cruz thanked the protesters for bringing the issue to his event. "I love flak", he said.
"As a Texan, this was important for me to do", said Bridges in a statement.
Catherine Frazier, a spokesperson for Cruz's campaign, said the senator "was having a laugh with his audience" and that "his speech was very well received". But their message was still political.
Cruz previously joked that an O'Rourke victory would cause Texas to turn into a California-like state, with "tofu, silicone and dyed hair".
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At the protest on Saturday, members of the organization carried signs that read "Republicans eat tofu too". "'We're not happy until they're not happy".
Cruz added that his wife, Heidi Cruz, was "a California vegetarian". In Quinnipiac's poll in August of registered voters, Cruz lead by 6 percent.
"Cruz served up his claim again the next day in a tweet, writing, "@.peta protested our town hall yesterday, handing out barbecued tofu.
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a release following the campaign event: "Tofu is the most versatile food in on the planet, and it's grown right in the Lone Star State".
It showed tight races in Arizona, where Democrats are hoping to win a seat held by a retiring Republican, and in Florida, where Republicans aim to unseat a Democratic incumbent.
CORRECTION: This story has been corrected to fix the spelling of Catherine Frazier's name.