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Home | News | Election Center: Vote2020 | Beto O’Rourke plans Iowa trip as 2020 announcement nears
Beto O'Rourke and his wife Amy Sanders O'Rourke walk onto the stage to address his supporters after losing to Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections, Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

Beto O’Rourke plans Iowa trip as 2020 announcement nears

Beto O’Rourke, on the verge of a presidential campaign, is heading to Iowa.

The former El Paso congressman is set to visit the crucial early voting state this weekend to campaign for Eric Giddens, the Democratic candidate in a special election for an Iowa Senate seat. O’Rourke will visit Waterloo on Saturday to kick off an “afternoon of canvassing, GOTV, and grassroots organizing” for Giddens, according to O’Rourke’s team.

On Monday evening, Giddens tweeted a video from O’Rourke aimed at University of Northern Iowa students, reminding them that Wednesday is the last day to vote early on campus in the special election.

“Supporting [Giddens] for state Senate is the way that we get Iowa — and by extension, this country — back on the right track,” O’Rourke says in the video as he walks through an El Paso neighborhood wearing a “Northern Iowa” hat. “UNI, we’re counting on you and we’re looking forward to seeing you soon.”

The trip will mark O’Rourke’s first to the Hawkeye State as a potential White House contender. He has traveled the country since his closer-than-expected loss to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in November but has not gone to any of the traditional early voting states.

O’Rourke said two weeks ago that he had made a decision about a 2020 run and would share it with supporters soon. The build-up continued over the weekend in Austin, where O’Rourke stayed mum about the timing of the announcement while appearing at the South by Southwest festival.

But all signs point to O’Rourke entering the 2020 race soon, including his decision to get involved in Giddens’ race.

Giddens is on the ballot next Tuesday to replace a Democratic senator who resigned last month in Iowa’s Senate District 30, which covers the northeastern part of the state. O’Rourke is not the only name in the 2020 mix coming to Giddens’ aid — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a declared candidate, is also visiting SD-30 this weekend.

Author: PATRICK SVITEK – The Texas Tribune

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  1. #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

    Before those Nazi KKK morons from the KVIA forum start invading this thread on the EPHP!
    Beto O’Rourke continues to gain momentum and popularity throughout the country.
    He put El Paso back on the map and is mentioned everyday on a regular basis on REAL NEWS,MSNBC! CNN! as well as El Paso’s name keeps popping up all over the news including when the fuhrer racist NAZI white nationalist Donald Trump came to bash our city last month.He put a dent on El Paso’s reputation of being the safest city in the United States by exaggerating about a wall that was already here before when crime was still low.
    I feel that Beto should had run for the U.S. senate seat to unseat John Cornyn, as he really gave Ted Cruz a good scare during the midterms by almost defeating him.If not for the gerrymandering and voter suppression which is a normal thing here in Texas politics done by the racist republicans and the republican vendidos.
    All the best to Mr Beto O’Rourke’s quest to run for the presidency of the United States! and don’t forget!!!
    TRUMP For PRISON IN 2020! he’s gonna get his wall after all, A solid prison wall! that is.
    TRUMP FOR PRISON IN 2020! Y’ALL.

    • Little Robert Francis was useless as a Congressman and still is. He wants to remove the existing border barriers and is ok to ban AR-15’s. A vote for him is a vote against Texas and a vote against the United States of America. The fact that you have mental cases like Alberto (above) ranting his racist support for Bobby Francis should say it all.

      • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

        The Blubber Obese, Mad Mike,waist line 272, is just a gluttony eating FAT BUTT BLAST PIG! The Army surely kicked him out because he was way too overweight,lazy and dumb as an Ox.He couldn’t fit inside a fox hole or sleep inside Army barracks for he sucked all the oxygen out of the room. He calls Beto O’Rourke little Robert Francis, but look at Beto O’Rourke’s body frame, he’s tall and in good physical shape,even rides a skate board for fun.
        Imagine getting Mike on a skate board is like getting him on a grocery shopping cart, and elephants don’t fit on those carts either.No offense to the elephants!
        Unlike Fat butt blast Mikey, the moron that calls himself mikey, what a childish moronic name.
        I recall hanging out at the river with my friends when there were no barriers,
        just nice tall cotton wood trees on both sides of the Rio Grande. And there was actually water flowing in the river.
        The border patrol would drive by on the river levee and they just go about their business. Mikey is afraid that he’ll have to surrender his assault rifle! why does he need a AR-15 for? To go on a school shooting killing spree, or just start shooting at all brown skin people here in El Paso, just because he happens to be mentally challenged and insane.
        El Pasoans best better be alarmed, Forth Bliss is releasing some of their most undesirables into our city and crazy mikey might snap someday and go on a killing rampage.
        Besides that mikey has one of those red maga hats that replaced his white conical hood.
        mikey is pro Vladimir Putin and pledge his loyalty to Putin and took an oath to Russia.
        TRUMP FOR PRISON IN 2020!
        mikey for a mental ward by tomorrow.

      • Seeing Alberto with extreme Trump Derangement Syndrome is priceless. Good to see him rant here than over at KVIA. What a loser in life!

        • An avowed socialist who blasted the leftist father of community organizing Saul Alinsky as a “paternalistic” moderate who “disparaged the idea of revolutionary change” is one of the top advisers to Beto O’Rourke in his 2020 White House bid.

          Becky Bond, who was a senior aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign, has been floated as O’Rourke’s campaign manager. She was an organizer for his 2018 Senate run against Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.

  2. I think that Newt Ginrich summed it up nicely yesterday, when his response about little Robert Francis running was; It’s a free country and he should follow his destiny. And his destiny is to keep losing.

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