Whenever you can join Willie Nelson on stage for a jam session, you don’t think twice about it. But you have to give it to Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate challenging Ted Cruz for his Senate seat, who decided to join the cannabis icon in Texas to sing some old tunes, including Nelson’s more weed-leaning anthems.
According to the Austin American-Statesmen, O’Rourke originally was scheduled just to announce the fireworks at Willie’s Picnic, the annual Fourth of July event hosted by the country singer. But O’Rourke stuck around, strumming and singing along to Nelson’s “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die.” As the Dallas Morning News wrote, it was “a message on brand for famous pothead Willie Nelson and O’Rourke’s pro-marijuana legalization stance.”
After playing the song, Nelson gave a shout out to the politician. “Thank you, Beto!” Nelson said, before they continued the cannabis vibes going with a rendition of “It’s All Going To Pot.”
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Cruz couldn’t resist the opportunity to poke at his opposition after the video went semi-viral. “Seems not to have learned Toby Keith’s words of advice,” Cruz wrote on Twitter, adding a link to a performance by Keith and country music artist Scott Emerick singing how they’ll “never smoke weed with Willie again.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 6, 2018