Roadtrip! Democrat, Republican embark on cross-country drive to DC amid snowstorm

Last Updated Mar 14, 2017 7:16 PM EDT

A bipartisan pair of members of Congress set off on a road trip from San Antonio, Texas Tuesday, heading toward Washington, D.C. after they both realized their flights were cancelled due to the East Coast snowstorm.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, who represents El Paso, happened to be at an event in San Antonio Monday with Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and they decided to rent a car together and hold a live Facebook townhall during their roadtrip.

Thanks Cyndi for hooking @betoorourke and I up with bfast tacos at Mi Tierra before our big announcement

A post shared by Rep. Will Hurd (@hurdonthehill) on

“I suggested that we rent a car, drive across a country, beat the blizzard by road and hold a live townhall while doing it,” said O’Rourke, who appeared to be behind the wheel.

Cross country bipartisan townhall

Posted by Congressman Beto O'Rourke on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

By early afternoon on Tuesday, they were five to six hours into their trip and about 150 miles into the more than 1,000-mile drive. They stopped in Austin on the way, and dropped by the South by Southwest conference. The duo said they expect to arrive in Washington in time for House votes on Wednesday night. They also said they’ve decided to drive through Memphis and Nashville.

They both agreed that it’s good to hear someone else’s perspective and that when you get to know someone well -- like on a roadtrip -- you can have uncomfortable conversations and eventually find areas of cooperation on various issues.

While they engaged in serious conversation, they also appeared to be having fun.

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Rep. Will Hurd and Rep. Beto O’Rourke before they set off on their roadtrip from Texas to Washington, D.C. on March 14, 2017.

Rep. Will Hurd and Rep. Beto O’Rourke

“I heard he was in a band,” Hurd said of O’Rourke. “I’ve also learned that he really likes donuts.”

They began asking for drive-through lunch suggestions as they hit traffic in Waco, Texas. 

CBS News’ Walt Cronkite contributed to this report.

  • Rebecca Shabad

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