GOP meddles in Democratic nomination with takedown of O'Rourke

14 March, 2019, 00:09 | Author: Wade Massey
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His unorthodox and ultimately unsuccessful Senate campaign, which shunned traditional strategists and instead relied on the candidate's organic appeal, broke fundraising records and earned O'Rourke a national profile that catapulted him into the presidential discussion.

CNN reported earlier on Monday that O'Rourke and his team have been in discussions for O'Rourke to make the video and knock on doors for Giddens in the northeast Iowa district this weekend, according to multiple state Democratic sources.

Mirroring his unsuccessful campaign model, O'Rourke embarked on a solo road trip in January to meet voters, where he had been chronicling the trip on social media and raising some eyebrows with freakish antics such as a Instagram live stream from his dental hygienist's chair.

Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke is heading to the early presidential voting state of Iowa this weekend, fuelling speculation that the Democrat is poised to enter the White House race.

O'Rourke's video for Giddens focuses on getting out the vote among students at the University of Northern Iowa. "I got to be on the timeline that works for my family and the country". Sherrod Brown in Iowa before he decided not to run for president in 2020, are also assisting O'Rourke in Iowa, per Politico. "We are excited to share it with everyone soon".

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O'Rourke said last week he had made a decision about whether to seek the Democratic nomination for president.

O'Rourke has also been running ads on Facebook teasing an upcoming announcement, another sign that he is looking to engage the base of supporters he gained during his Senate bid.

The HSDA website says questions for O'Rourke must be "brief and unrelated to Beto as a potential 2020 candidate".

"There are so many candidacies, so many leaders, who we got to be a part of this incredible thing in Texas over the last two years, and it continues, and we are so excited", he said.

O'Rourke is not the only 2020 contender slated to drum up enthusiasm for Giddens, who is running against former GOP state Rep. Walt Rogers.

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