It was the kind of softball question often used in debates to break up the tension and give the candidates a chance to show their personal sides.
The question: “Tell us something you’ve done in the last year that has nothing to do with politics that would give Texans insight to who you are as a person.”
Cruz waited about six seconds, then let out a sigh as the audience laughed:
Cruz eventually talked about the difficulties of being a father while also serving in the U.S. Senate. He spoke of missing his daughters’ events and having to catch up with them via FaceTime.
O’Rourke agreed and spoke of missing time with his family as well as playing drums on a kit “ostensibly purchased for (son) Henry but was really purchased for me.”
But it was Cruz’s six seconds of silence that had people on Twitter talking:
Moderator: Tell us something you've done that's not political.— Ruby Twill (@rubytwill) October 17, 2018
Ted Cruz: pic.twitter.com/iayHjxfj1x
Even my Republican husband laughed at Cruz’s awkward silence on that one.— Tracy Bristol (@TheTracyShow) October 17, 2018
Ted Cruz was just asked to mention something unrelated to politics he has done in the last year that gives insight into who he is. As he paused, you could see him thinking "Don't mention the carapace. Don't mention the carapace."— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) October 17, 2018
"It is difficult for me to spend so much time apart from my incompletely developed human offspring. The larval stage is a very special time, and it's over before you know it."— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) October 17, 2018
"Hush little baby, don't say a word. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn."— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) October 17, 2018
Oof— raaadaniel (@raaadaniel) October 17, 2018
Cruz: "Hmmmm....human stuff...?"
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- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.