Texas Democratic Senate Candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke to Appear on 'Ellen' - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Texas Democratic Senate Candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke to Appear on 'Ellen'

O'Rourke will discuss his stance on kneeling during the National Anthem and open up about his DUI

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    El Paso congressman and Texas Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) will make an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday.

    DeGeneres and O'Rourke will discuss his answer to a question asked at a town hall in Houston about supporting NFL players who take a knee in protest during the national anthem, which has since gone viral.

    "We visited every single one of the 254 counites of Texas and then this question comes up about kneeling at these NFL games to call attention to the deaths and the shootings of unarmed black men in this country," O'Rourke said to DeGeneres. "And so, I just gave the answer that was on my mind. Had never been asked the question before. Tried to be honest and that’s what came out."

    The congressman will also respond to President Donald Trump’s tweet showing his support for his opponent, Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

    "First of all, we welcome the president to Texas and we are glad that he’s coming," O'Rourke said. "Texas is the most diverse state in the country. It’s the defining immigrant story and experience. We should, Republicans and Democrats together, be able to lead the way. Not only to stop taking kids from parents, not only to free dreamers from the fear of deportation and make them U.S. citizens on that same day, but to lead in a bold, ambitious way that makes the most out of all of us including those that choose to be here."

    O'Rourke will open up about his DUI arrest when he was 26-years-old.

    "Yeah, twenty years ago I drove drunk… a terrible mistake," he said. "There’s no explanation or justifying that. Since then, I have gone on with friends to start a business, with Amy to raise a family, serving my community in the United States congress. And, in many ways, that mistake did not define me. I was able to go on and do these things."

    The interview airs Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. CST on NBC 5.