ABC News Reporter to Beto O'Rourke: 'You're a Rock Star!'
ABC News reporter Paula Faris labeled Rep. Beto O'Rourke a "rock star" during a campaign trail interview.
On "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Faris interviewed O'Rourke (D) and his opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz (R), with just weeks to go in the closely-watched race.
As a crowd of his supporters loudly cheered him on, Faris exclaimed "you're a rock star!" to O'Rourke, to which he replied "no, there's just so many great people."
"No, you really are. You can't go anywhere without getting noticed," Faris said.
ON THE TRAIL: @paulafaris sits down with Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke, and incumbent Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who talk presidential ambitions and border politics, ahead of a competitive midterm election https://t.co/tNlsk04BuY pic.twitter.com/SgBRBae4Fg
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 21, 2018
According to the RealClearPolitics average, Cruz leads O'Rourke by seven points ahead of November's midterm elections.
The El Paso congressman has quickly risen in popularity in his challenge of Cruz, raking in a record $38 million in donations in the third quarter and leading some to label him a potential presidential contender.
He later told Faris that he regretted using President Trump's "lying Ted" label for the senator during a recent debate.
"I'm gonna do my best to stay focused on the future," he said.
Meantime, Cruz was pressed by Faris on his support for Trump after the two engaged in a bitter fight for the Republican nomination in 2016. Cruz said he put his "personal hurt feelings" aside and sought to work with Trump.
"He's the president," Cruz said of Trump. "I work with the president in delivering on our promises."