This might be the start of a beautiful bipartisan friendship. Reps. Will Hurd and Beto O’Rourke have finally made it the U.S. Capitol in time for the votes on Wednesday evening in the House of Representatives.
The two posed together for cameras as they walked up the steps of the Capitol. It is the moment culminating two days of unlikely bipartisan friendship at a time when lines are clearly divided between Democrats and Republicans.
Friendship between Hurd and O’Rourke was formed because of grueling snowstorms that swept the East Coast. The two men were stranded in San Antonio on Monday due to several flight cancellations. In the end, the El Paso Democrat (O’Rourke) and the San Antonio Republican (Hurd) decided to rent a Chevy Impala. After that, the two went on a road trip stretching 1,600 miles to Washington D.C.
“At a time where so many people wonder whether our institutions still work, whether members of Congress still listen to the people they represent, whether a Republican and a Democrat can get along and work together, I thought, let’s try to prove the concept,” O’Rourke explained, according to a report from Dallas News.
The men enjoyed donuts, hood sliding and push-ups.
Initially, things went slightly awkward between the two. Eventually, the mood improved between them. Along the way, they did some pretty fun things. They sang some songs. They played some games. They grabbed some donuts. And they played with a little piñata. Hurd ended up doing as much as 20 push-ups in the parking lot of the Pilot gas station. Later on, both men decided to try out hood sliding.
The two Reps. discussed several issues during their townhall.
At the same time, they took the time to talk about politics. They debated several times about Obamacare and the GOP’s efforts to replace it. They also discussed issues like the travel ban, budget cuts, “House of Cards” and more. At the same time, they answered a lot of questions from viewers and various news outlets. Hurd and O’Rourke call it their bipartisan townhall.
The drive went on for two days; eventually, Hurd and O’Rourke managed to arrive in D.C. One video shows the two men fixing each other’s ties. Hurd even said he might end up suffering from “separation anxiety.”