A ‘big announcement’ from Beto O’Rourke is on the horizon

Blanche Robertson
March 14, 2019

He says he's decided on 2020 but has provided no further details except that he'll make his plans known soon.

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 him for state Senate is the way that we get Iowa, and by extension, this country, back on the right track", O'Rourke says.

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

O'Rourke's possible foray into the presidential race would be the culmination of an unlikely political rise that began with the 3-term congressman's decision to challenge Republican Sen.

O'Rourke's team sent out an email blast on Saturday teasing a "big announcement" and inviting supporters to be the first to hear any news.

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Aides to O'Rourke have continued to remain tight-lipped about the Democrat's future plans, but the upcoming travel is the clearest signal yet that a presidential candidacy is in the works.

O'Rourke, 46, rose to national prominence a year ago when he narrowly lost his bid to defeat Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

However the trip to Iowa this weekend comes as O'Rourke appears to have lost early ground against his potential Democratic rivals.

A Des Moines Register/CNN Iowa poll released this weekend found that O'Rourke has dropped six percentage points from the first Iowa poll that was released in December.

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.

"When they show up here, we know why". The former Texas congressman is expected to visit the Hawkeye State on Saturday to participate in a get-out-the-vote event. While he ruled out running again for the U.S. Senate seat in Texas, he stopped short of revealing if his decision included launching a challenge to President Donald Trump in 2020.

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