Beto O'Rourke

The livestream, from Beto O'Rourke's hometown of El Paso, Texas, came after a spate of campaigning by the Democratic presidential contender in New Hampshire and New York. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

2020 elections

‘We’re cutting out some of this ear hair’: Beto goes live from the barbershop

The ribbing he took for livestreaming his visit to the dentist earlier this year appears to have had no effect on Beto O’Rourke.

The former Texas congressman was back on Facebook on Wednesday — live from the barbershop for a hair cut.

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“We’re cutting out some of this ear hair that you get when you get older,” O’Rourke told the camera as his barber maneuvered a clipper. “It grows out of your ears, and if you don’t get it cut, it can be nasty.”

The livestream, from Chema’s Barber Shop in O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso, Texas, came after a spate of campaigning by the Democratic presidential contender in New Hampshire and a fundraiser and media appearances in New York.

And it served as a reminder that while O’Rourke may have professionalized his campaign infrastructure and — like a traditional presidential candidate — begun courting national TV, he is still a candidate willing to turn a camera on himself for everything from his road trips to conversations with his neighbors.

Taking questions from viewers online, O’Rourke said his kids are “all really good” and that he went for a run on Wednesday morning. He talked about the cost of education and said he had spoken with his campaign leadership team about scheduling a visit to Puerto Rico soon.

O’Rourke called his visit to the barber “an impromptu town hall.” And while the camera rolled, he engaged in some in-real-life campaigning, too.

“You’re the, what is it, the guy on TV? Is it the governor? … Mayor?” a man named Robert said when he walked into the barbershop.

“No, no, I had run for Senate. … Now I’m running for president,” O’Rourke replied.

Robert told him he had seen him “all over the TV” and that he is “better looking in person.”

“Can I get your autograph, man?” Robert asked.

O'Rourke obliged. And they shared a handshake and a hearty embrace on his way out.

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