Willie Nelson to headline rally for Beto O'Rourke

Willie Nelson to headline rally for Beto O'Rourke
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Country singer Willie Nelson will headline a rally for Democratic Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeEx-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Former staffer accuses Jackson Lee of retaliation after rape claim MORE later this month as O’Rourke campaigns to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R) in Texas in the midterm elections this November.

“If we're going to win and elect Beto to the Senate, we need Texans to vote for him! And what’s more Texan than Willie Nelson? (Nothing!),” O’Rourke’s campaign wrote on an event page for the rally.

The rally is scheduled for Sept. 29 in Austin, Texas.  

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Nelson’s appearance at the rally will mark his first-ever public performance on behalf of a political candidate, Rolling Stone reported. The magazine noted that Nelson pulled O'Rourke onstage at a concert near Austin this summer for renditions of “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

Nelson is originally from Abbott, Texas, a town in the central part of the state.

The rally will come as O’Rourke faces a close race against Cruz. Cruz currently has about a 3 point lead over O’Rourke, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polling in the race.

Nelson has been an outspoken critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE. Last year, he released a song, “Delete and Fast-Forward,” that he said was inspired by Trump.

In June, Nelson said Christians “should be up in arms” over the Trump administration’s "zero tolerance" immigration policy that resulted in families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.