Beto O'Rourke plans first Iowa visit amid 2020 speculation

Beto O'Rourke plans first Iowa visit amid 2020 speculation

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On Monday, O'Rourke's aides committed to a trip to northeastern Iowa to help Eric Giddens, a Democrat running for the state Senate. "UNI, we're counting on you, and we look forward to seeing you soon".

Chris Evans, a spokesman for O'Rourke, confirmed in an email to Reuters that O'Rourke will be in Waterloo, Iowa, campaigning for Giddens on Saturday afternoon.

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. "Amy and I have made a decision on that". On Facebook, O'Rourke's page - which had not paid for any advertisement since his failed bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 U.S. Senate race in Texas.

Beto O'Rourke and Oprah Winfrey talk during Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations at PlayStation Theater, Feb. 5, 2019 in New York City. Sherrod Brown in Iowa before he decided not to run for president in 2020, are also assisting O'Rourke in Iowa, per Politico.

O'Rourke is in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, this week ahead of his Iowa trip. A Friday visit to Des Moines was considered initially, but isn't now in the works, as O'Rourke plans to devote all three days to introducing himself to voters in eastern Iowa.

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But with his potential appeal in the Democratic field and a general election still unknown, the Club for Growth, a prominent conservative organization, recently released a five-figure television and digital advertising buy in Iowa assailing O'Rourke's "blue-blood pedigree", and labeling him a "scion of a political family", referencing the wealth of his real-estate developer father-in-law. Other presidential hopefuls who can not make it to Iowa this weekend, including Sens.

Beto O'Rourke is heading to Iowa this weekend amid speculation that the Texas Democrat is preparing to throw his hat into the ring for president in 2020.

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

"I can confirm that we ended his contract with us when he told us he was intending to work for a campaign", Price said.

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.

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