Congressman Beto O'Rourke has been gaining ground on Senator Ted Cruz in Texas and with the midterms less than two months away, O'Rourke is making a final push. Mostly, he's been hanging around talking to Texans, but on Wednesday, he stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to talk politics, punk rock, and Texas.
O'Rourke told Colbert about his experience living in El Paso — the western Texas town that borders Mexico — and earned applause when he immediately and bluntly said, “We don't need a wall.”
Watch the video below, via CBS:
He continued, “El Paso ... happens to be one of, if not the safest cities in the United States of America and what makes us so safe is that we are a city of immigrants and that we treat one another with respect and dignity. I think that's fundamental to security, to success, to safety.”
The Texas Congressman said that he hopes to be able to help Dreamers (immigrants to came to the United States illegally as children) become citizens. He said, “We can free Dreamers from the fear of deportation by making them U.S. citizens today so they can contribute to their maximum capacity to their full potential.”
Cruz has been doing all sorts of things to try to beat back the enthusiasm behind O'Rourke. He's even enlisting the help of President Donald Trump, who will come to the Lone Star state in October. In response to that move, a Democratic PAC slapped a tweet, in which Trump criticizes Cruz, onto the side of a truck and drove it around the state.
In a bizarre twist, Cruz even bought advertisements to air during Colbert's show while O'Rourke was on the couch. The Houston Chronicle reported that one of the markets where Cruz paid for airtime was El Paso — O'Rourke's home town. Meanwhile, O'Rourke is sounding more and more confident as he enters the final stretch of campaigning.