Beto O’Rourke to appear on 'Ellen' next week
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Ellen DeGeneres’s wish to meet Rep. Beto O’Rourke is poised to come true, with the Texas Democratic Senate candidate making an appearance next week on her daytime talk show.

O’Rourke — who’s locked in a tight race with Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine On The Money — Ban on stock trading for Congress gains steam MORE (R-Texas) — will appear on the Sept. 5 episode of “Ellen,” the show announced Tuesday.

The booking comes after DeGeneres tweeted last week that she’d like to get some face time with O’Rourke after a video of the lawmaker defending NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem went viral.


In the clip, O’Rourke says he “can think of nothing more American” than national anthem protests. 

Cruz has criticized O’Rourke for his remarks, saying at a campaign stop, “When Beto O’Rourke says he can’t think of anything more American, well, I got to tell you, I can.”

A poll released Monday shows Cruz leading his Democratic Senate challenger by a single point.

O’Rourke’s sitdown with DeGeneres is scheduled to air a day after the 16th season premiere of “Ellen” next Tuesday.

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