Representative Beto O & Rourke (D-TX), who had been in the final weeks of his long-shot bid to drop Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), took a break from cruising Texas to appear on The late show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night, The Late show Hosts made it worth the trip by giving O Rourke both a new campaign slogan ("Beto for the Senate: Thirsty for this hot Zaddy to beat it"), as well as a chance to focus on some of Cruz & # 39; to respond to recent attacks.
Cruz, for example, has tried to ask questions about O Rourke's name – he was born Robert Francis, but has been with Beto since childhood – and his punk band Foss. (Cruz was born Rafael Edward, but goes with Ted.) On Wednesday night, O Rourke told the story of his musical era and put it in the context of his Senate campaign. "For over two years we've written songs, produced records, traveled the country and it was the most amazing experience of my then young life: telling our story from city to city, four guys living in a Plymouth satellite from one city to another And there's something we're doing right now as we travel to the counties of Texas, just popping up, introducing myself and listening to those I want to represent in one community after another, free of political action committees or companies or special interests. "
"Can politics be like punk rock?" Asked Colbert.
"I think so – I think we're just proving that."
Earlier Wednesday it was announced that Texas Elder Statesman Willie Nelson will be headlining a rally for O & Rourke in Austin at the end of this month.
The couple also talked to Colbert, who asked O Rourke, who grew up in the border town of El Paso, Texas, if he would be willing to make the deal, that of Major Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the DREAMer in exchange for financing the border wall proposed by President Trump.
O & Rourke told Colbert that he would not accept the deal. "We do not need a wall, El Paso, this city where I was born and grew up," said O'Rourke, "is perhaps one of the safest cities in the United States of America, and what makes us so sure is that we are a city of immigrants and treat each other with respect and dignity, and I think that is fundamental to security, to success, to security. "
O & Rourke went on to refer to a bill he is having with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) on improving border security by "investing in our entry ports – facilitating legitimate trade and travel and a better idea of who and what to our country. "
"We do not need walls, we can have smart security solutions, and we can free DREAMer from the fear of deportation by turning them into US citizens today so they can contribute to their maximum capacity, to their full potential, and we can move forward In this way, we ensure that we are safe and ensure that we live up to our values and ideals, "said O & Rourke. "And we should lead Texas, the defining border state and the immigration experience."