President Donald Trump is heading back to Texas — to Houston, this time — to help a fellow Republican.
Trump’s plans were announced Monday night, after he tweeted in late August that he would travel here to campaign for Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who is embroiled in a fierce re-election bid against U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso.
His campaign said he will hold a Make America Great Again rally at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the NRG Arena in Houston.
“The President looks forward to celebrating the booming Trump economy that’s delivering new jobs and bigger paychecks to the hardworking men and women across the Lone Star State,” Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer for Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., said in a statement.
“On the day that early voting starts in the state, President Trump will also urge Texans to get out and vote on November 6th to protect and expand our Republican majorities in the House and Senate.”
Trump wants to help Cruz in his first re-election bid.
The fight for his Senate seat, that has been represented by Republicans since 1993, has become more competitive than expected.
It has become the most expensive U.S. Senate race and one of the most watched races across the country.
Republicans have said they believe O’Rourke’s election bid “is a serious threat” to Cruz’s re-election.
Vice President Mike Pence recently campaigned for Cruz at an event closed to the media, as did Trump’s son.
Trump and Cruz
This Texas rally comes after Cruz and Trump were adversaries during the 2016 presidential primary, which prompted the two men to insult each other.
Trump gave Cruz the nickname of “Lyin’ Ted.”
And Cruz chose not to endorse Trump during his speech at the National Republican Convention, instead telling party members to “vote your conscience” in the presidential election.
The two have worked closely together since Trump moved into the White House.
Trump endorsed Cruz in his re-election bid earlier this year. “His opponent is a disaster for Texas — weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!” Trump tweeted.
During the first senatorial debate last month, Cruz was asked how he could work with the president now after the two insulted each other so much two years ago.
Cruz said Republicans had a chance “to do something extraordinary” after Trump was sworn in, so he chose to work for the country and Texans.
He said he has “worked hand in hand” with Trump to deliver tax cuts, record low unemployment and cut regulations.
“Texans’ lives are better,” Cruz said during the debate. “So yes, I could have chosen to make it about myself, to be selfish and say my feelings are hurt so I’m going to take my marbles and go home.”