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What Would Willie Do?

Rep. Beto O'Rourke spent July 4th onstage with Willie Nelson

Not every aspiring senator gets an invitation to join Willie Nelson onstage at his legendary annual Fourth of July picnic — or anytime, really — but Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) sat in with Nelson on Wednesday night for a song about marijuana and a medley of spirituals, including "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "I'll Fly Away." He posted a bit of the performance on Twitter Thursday night, like jamming with Willie is no big deal.

O'Rourke, 45, is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in November. Before entering politics, O'Rourke played bass in the punk band Foss. Cruz played basketball, and he's still good enough to eke out a win over a late-night comedian. So at least O'Rourke and Cruz have that in common — playing with celebrities. You can watch more of Beto's performance with Willie at O'Rourke's Facebook page.