Texas congressmen take 'bipartisan road trip' after canceled flights

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A Republican and a Democrat drove from San Antonio to DC and held mobile town halls after their flight was cancelled.

Nearly 36 hours after it started, the bipartisan road trip has ended and two Texas congressmen are back at work.

When Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Republican Rep. Will Hurd realized that weather delays meant they had few flight options to make it back to the Capitol for votes Wednesday, they rented a car and set out on a road trip and decided to broadcast it live.

The two rented a Chevrolet Impala in San Antonio on Tuesday after attending a veterans' town hall together and their flight was canceled due to bad weather in the Northeast

They took turns filming the trip on Periscope and Facebook Live. The discussion between the two House members has alternated between personal and policy.



O'Rourke told viewers at the outset the trip would be "a chance to get to know each other, answer your questions and functionally do a cross-country town hall."

At the Capitol, he said his favorite moment was stopping at Graceland in Memphis around midnight, even though it was closed, and ending up at a doughnut shop where they talked to people about politics. The two went on to Nashville, where they slept for a few hours before starting again.

They joked with each other, talked to media outlets and chatted with several of their colleagues, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

At one point, the duo talked with a coffee shop owner in San Marcos.

Of course, no road trip is complete without a jam sesh.



The made it back with 30 minutes to spare before the vote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report
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