FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke takes part in in a debate for the Texas U.S. Senate with Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, in Dallas. Willie Nelson will hold a concert for Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. O’Rourke is a three-term congressman from El Paso trying to upset Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool, File)

Concert with Willie Nelson shows O'Rourke's leftist streak

September 29, 2018 - 11:06 am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There probably won't be many undecided voters on-hand Saturday night, when Willie Nelson holds a concert for Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke.

But the El Paso congressman trying to upset Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November says it's not about attracting moderate or independents.

Instead, it's the latest example of O'Rourke moving to the left in contrast to tight, red-state Senate races around the country, where Democrats often try not to act like ones.

O'Rourke supports legalizing marijuana and single-payer health care, and is open to impeaching President Donald Trump.

That strategy also breaks with Texas Democrats who for decades tried to appeal to moderates and lost.

Some detractors have called for boycotts of Nelson — who shrugs those off, saying, "We're not happy 'til they're not happy."

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