O'Rourke, the Democrat challenging Sen. Cruz, stops by Brownwood for town hall

Beto O'Rourke

A Democrat looking to unseat junior Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is vowing to visit every Republican stronghold in the Lone Star State and on Saturday, the senate candidate did just that by speaking in Brownwood.

Beto O'Rourke, 45, is currently an El Paso-based U.S. Congressman who is hoping to turn a reliable red U.S. Senate seat into blue during the November midterm elections.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R) is up for re-election.

O'Rourke spoke at the Turtle Restaurant Saturday afternoon, laying out his vision for the country and his opposition to several of President Trump's policies, including immigration.

But O'Rourke stressed the importance of finding common ground with Republicans the most of any political issue he spoke about Saturday afternoon.

"We can talk about the things that are important in this country and we can do it in a civil way," O'Rourke said. "I have introduced legislation with Republican colleagues because that's the only way the institution works. It's the only way you want me to work, even if you're a partisan Democrat."

O'Rourke also took a few questions from those in attendance and covered several topics, including gun control, medical marijuana and Afghanistan.

Early voting for the March primaries begins on Tuesday. Voting for the midterm elections, however, isn't until November.

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