Beto O'Rourke will appear on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

O'Rourke running to take incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz's seat


In the past week, Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke's comments on kneeling during the national anthem have drawn praise from a variety of sports figures and celebrities, including LeBron James, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Kerr.

DeGeneres recently quote tweeted the viral video of O'Rourke explaining his stance on kneeling for the national anthem, saying, "I would like to meet you, @BetoORourke." 

Apparently, O'Rourke's people made it happen. The politician gunning for incumbent Republican Ted Cruz's Senate seat will appear on the show on Sept. 5, according to a tweet posted Tuesday by DeGeneres.

O'Rourke recently explained that he could "think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up or take a knee for your rights, anytime, anywhere or any place."

The El Paso congressman prefaced the comment by elaborating on instances in which peaceful protests were used during the civil rights movement and likened kneeling during the anthem to such peaceful protests. 

Cruz responded to O'Rourke's comments with a campaign advertisement released Monday titled "Why I Stand."

"#IStand for the veterans like Tim Lee who lost both his legs fighting in South Vietnam," Cruz tweeted Monday. He encouraged his followers to use the hashtag #IStand if they are "proud to stand, too."

A recent poll from NBC News / Marist found that O'Rourke trailed Cruz by four points.