A bipartisan pair of Texas congressmen are proving they have what it takes to weather Winter Storm Stella — and their political differences.
After realizing that both of their flights to Washington, D.C., had been canceled due to the Northeast snowstorm, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas and Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas decided to drive to the nation’s capital together in a rental car and hold a live Facebook townhall along the way.
O’Rourke announced the “bipartisan road trip” on Facebook, writing, “Because of the winter storm U.S. Representative Will Hurd and I are renting a car this morning and driving from San Antonio to D.C. in a marathon 24-hour trip. We are going to livestream as much of the trip as we can on our Facebook and Periscope accounts and take questions from you while on the road. Follow along, send us your favorite road trip songs and places we should see along the way.”
During their trip, the duo stopped by the South by Southwest conference in Austin, took questions from viewers, called some of their fellow congressmen, and discussed their opposing views on immigration, NAFTA and health care.
“We used the opportunity of the inclement weather on the East Coast to take the opportunity for a Republican and a Democrat to get in a car, spend a significant amount of time together, and talk about the issues,” Hurd said on the livestream Tuesday afternoon. “Not just the issues that divide us, but the issues that unite us too.”
After one viewer asked O’Rourke how he could spend so much time with Hurd, the Democrat replied, “If we both just go to our corners … and refuse to engage, and just repeat the political talking points from our two parties, then nothing is going to change.”
“Everyone is better served if we can find some common ground,” O’Rourke added.
In a lighter moment, the duo rocked out to “Highway to Hell” in honor of AC/DC fan House Speaker Paul Ryan.
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On Wednesday morning, O’Rourke said they were “cutting it close” but still expecting to arrive in Washington just in time for House votes on Wednesday night.
They have around six hours left to go — which means there’s still time for them to act on their idea pick up late night host James Corden and sing some bipartisan Carpool Karaoke!