Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) are both getting help from some big names in a competitive Senate race, but the people they’re calling on couldn’t be any more different.
Cruz has turned to his once-fierce political rival in President Donald Trump to try to get a boost over O’Rourke. The Texas senator first floated the idea of Trump getting involved in early August.
“I would certainly welcome his support, and I hope to see him in Texas,” Cruz told the Houston Chronicle at the time. “I think we are likely to see the president down in Texas before the election.”
Cruz’s wish came true on August 31 when Trump took to Twitter to announce a rally in support of the incumbent senator slated for October:
I will be doing a major rally for Senator Ted Cruz in October. I’m picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total Endorsement. His opponent is a disaster for Texas – weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2018
Not to be outmatched, O’Rourke is calling in his own support — with Texas native and outlaw country music legend Willie Nelson. Nelson will take the stage for a rally and concert in support of the El Paso congressman on September 29, according to Austin 360.
“My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” a press release from Nelson read. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”
It won’t be the first time O’Rourke and Nelson have teamed up in 2018. O’Rourke joined the country legend on stage at a Fourth of July picnic in Austin.
Watch the video below:
O’Rourke, a former punk musician, played guitar and sang alongside Nelson on songs, including “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”