Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke Headed to Iowa this Weekend

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke Headed to Iowa this Weekend

"UNI, we're counting on you, and we look forward to seeing you soon".

The three-day itinerary for his first visit to the early-voting state is intended "to allow space for him to meet voters", said another Iowa Democratic official, who spoke to O'Rourke's advisers.

A spokesman for O'Rourke, Chris Evans, confirmed the trip and added that the former congressman will be in Waterloo on Saturday "to kickoff an afternoon of canvassing, GOTV, and grassroots organizing", for Giddens. "I'd like for you to be a part of it".

Paul Tewes, who was Barack Obama's 2008 Iowa state director, has also been advising O'Rourke in Iowa, a source familiar with his role said. Ted Cruz defeated O'Rourke in November 2018, the former El Paso congressman revealed that he was mulling over running for president in 2020, despite repeatedly claiming that the answer to whether he will run or not is a "definitive no".

Beto O'Rourke and Oprah Winfrey talk during Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations at PlayStation Theater, Feb. 5, 2019 in New York City.

After months of speculation, O'Rourke announced in February that he had made a decision on his political ambitions.

"A "big announcement" from Beto O'Rourke is on the horizon" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans - and engages with them - about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

The video was produced with help from Norm Sterzenbach, a veteran Iowa Democratic operative who until recently was a contractor advising the state party on the caucuses. Other presidential hopefuls who can not make it to Iowa this weekend, including Sens.

Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke is planning a series of stops in Iowa beginning Thursday as he nears an announcement on a 2020 White House bid.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks to constituents outside of a polling location at Nixon Elementary School in El Paso, Texas, Nov. 6, 2018.

"When they show up here, we know why".

He sat for an interview with Oprah Winfrey in NY and held a rival rally last month to decry Trump's immigration policy as the president promoted his planned border wall in El Paso.

The former congressman also visited the state of Wisconsin last month, meeting with students at a technical college in Milwaukee and at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. With President Donald Trump's job approval mired in the low- to mid-40s, Republicans are starting to focus on ensuring he faces as weak a candidate as possible...

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