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 CruzBoehner: 'There's a lot of leaders in the Republican Party' Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies Boehner: Trump 'stepped all over their loyalty' by lying to followers 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.

DeGeneres — who has spoken out against President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' 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 ObamaObamas describe meeting Prince Philip in statement mourning his death Overnight Defense: Trump-era land mine policy unchanged amid review | Biden spending outline coming Friday | First lady sets priorities for relaunched military families initiative Jill Biden unveils next phase of military families program MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAmazon workers have spoken — are progressives listening? What's really behind Joe Biden's far-left swing? It's time to declare a national climate emergency MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHouse Budget Committee 'not considering' firing CBO director Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid How to manage migration intensified by climate change MORE (D-Calif.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE, and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHow Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 Close the avenues of foreign meddling Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report MORE.