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 CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Two weeks out, Trump attempts to rally the base Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing 10 bellwether counties that could signal where the election is headed 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.

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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.

DeGeneres — who has spoken out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE — has played host to a who’s who of liberal politicians on her Emmy Award-winning show, including former President Obama and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama shares pro-Biden music video featuring Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson Melania Trump to appear at Pennsylvania rally Juan Williams: Trump's search for dirt falls flat MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally Overnight Defense: US, Russia closer on nuclear treaty extension after Moscow accepts warhead freeze | Khashoggi's fiancee sues Saudi crown prince | Biden nets hundreds more national security endorsements Democrats make gains in Georgia Senate races: poll MORE (D-Calif.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE, and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump jokingly blames 'Crooked Hillary' after his rally mic stops working The Hill's Campaign Report: Two weeks to the election l Biden leads in new polls as debate looms l Trump pressures DOJ on Hunter Biden Trump remarks put pressure on Barr MORE.