Beto O'Rourke was joined by Massachusetts representative Joe Kennedy III for Corpus Christi Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
     Meagan Falcon, Corpus Christi

Beto O'Rourke was greeted with a standing ovation as he skateboarded across Del Mar College's Richardson Performance Hall stage Saturday.

Supporters shouted his name in unison as their cheers echoed throughout the hall.

"Thank you all for being here," O'Rourke said. "It's so good to be back."

The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate was joined by Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III, John F. Kennedy's grand-nephew, for a campaign event in Corpus Christi.

In a Facebook live video, Kennedy is seen driving O'Rourke to the rally

His campaign in the Coastal Bend comes before the final debate with Cruz on Tuesday at McAllen's on Thursday night that wants to be live on CNN. Cruz declined to be invited to participate in a separate CNN town hall, but later to take part in Thursday's event with O'Rourke.

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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks to supporters during a campaign event on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. (Photo: Casey Jackson / Caller-Times)

O'Rourke wants a strong turnout from Democrat-friendly South Texas and from the state's heavily populated urban centers.

"We are back so where are we? "Corpus Christi, which is a city that has shown us so much love … so kind, so warm, so welcoming," he said.

"Republicans, Democrats, Independents … no me importa (I do not care ) everyone is important. "

During the event, O'Rourke touched on immigration policies, education, healthcare," Dreamers, "based on never-passed proposals in Congress called the DREAM Act immigrants as DACA and why people should flock to the voting booths Nov. 6.

"You may have that Republican mom or that brother who has not voted in 22 years because he just thinks it does not matter anymore in a state That ranks 50th in the voter turnout, "he said. they should vote and they should vote with us. "

Two recent polls – one of the New York Times and the other from Quinnipiac University – shows the Democrat training incumbent Republican Ted Cruz by 9 percentage points.

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O'Rourke's proven prowess as Kennedy and such A-list entertainers as Stephen Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres, and Julia Louis Dreyfus.

On Friday, O'Rourke announced on Twitter that the campaign raised A record-breaking $ 38.1 million in three months from 802,836 contributions.

Cruz said he raised more than $ 12 million during the same time period, a significant increase in campaign contributions ahead of the midterm elections, but O'Rourke's latest haul.

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"It's going to give us the resources we need to finish." this It is more than three times the amount Ted Cruz raised, not just in his campaign, but all the affiliated political action committees that are contributing to his campaign, "O'Rourke said in the social media post.

"We are doing something absolutely historic," he said.

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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke takes photos with supporters after a campaign event on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. (Photo: Casey Jackson / Caller-Times)

Red Wynn, 21, has been following the democratic nominee's campaign for more than two months.

He attended the event at Del Mar College in hopes of hearing more about what O'Rourke stands for.

"I've never been super politically active, but I have been because of Beto," he said. "I've got it really in a Republican county, but Beto has given me hope that we can really change things."

Jeanie Leonard, a retired Corpus Christi Independent School District teacher 20 years, said she and her husband Alan, a US Air Force Veteran who served during the Vietnam War era

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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (left) and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III speak with the media during a campaign event on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. [Photo: Casey Jackson / Caller-Times]

"Beto is definitely a champion of the public school system," Jeanie Leonard said. I'm giving … the 20 years of my life … I am not making

Alan Leonard said O'Rourke's stance on giving advantages to veterans

"It's a good idea that the government should come in to take care of their (veterans') problems quickly … "he said," Alan Leonard

USA Today Network Austin Bureau reporter Madlin Mekelburg contributed to this report.

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