Cruz, O'Rourke agree to 3 debates

Willie for Beto: Nelson to headline rally for O'Rourke at Auditorium Shores

Willie Nelson's First Public Concert for a Political Candidate Is Now a Firestorm

Cruz, who is not fluent in the language, quickly shot down that idea and maintained he was open to debating O'Rourke but wanted to wait until closer to Election Day to talk debate details and lock in a schedule.

This week the Texan and country music legend announced he'd be headlining a late September rally for O'Rourke in Austin.

Nelson will headline a concert at a rally for O'Rourke that that is scheduled to take place at Auditorium Shores in Austin, topping off a lineup that includes Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Particle Kid, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones and Joe Ely. Per Austin360, it's "the first public concert Nelson has held for a political candidate", the singer's publicist says in a release, though Rolling Stone notes he's put on private concerts for politicians in the past. "Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine".

Beto O'Rourke have agreed to participate in three debates ahead of the Senate election in the Lone Star State. That's what happened during the encore of the July Fourth Picnic, when O'Rourke joined in on acoustic guitar for the finale of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "I'll Fly Away".

O'Rourke told Colbert about his experience living in El Paso - the western Texas town that borders Mexico - and earned applause when he immediately and bluntly said, "We don't need a wall".

Admission is free but requires an RSVP via O'Rourke's website.

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