Beto O'Rourke plans first Iowa visit amid 2020 speculation

Beto O'Rourke presses the flesh during a 2018 campaign stop in San Antonio.- SANFORD NOWLIN

Beto O'Rourke presses the flesh during a 2018 campaign stop in San Antonio.- SANFORD NOWLIN

Senior advisers have begun meeting with O'Rourke to lay the foundation of a presidential run, which includes reaching out to Democratic operatives and potential staffers for positions within his campaign, reported NBC News.

"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.

O'Rourke released a video Monday night from Texas backing Giddens and wearing a Northern Iowa cap.

It continued: "And now I'm ready for us to bring our movement to the rest of the country".

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. Speculation grew that he would run for president after he was narrowly defeated by Sen.

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Among the other candidates Saturday, California Sen. 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. Ted Cruz during the 2018 midterm elections.

O'Rourke hasn't said yet whether he's in or out of the 2020 White House race.

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.

O'Rourke rose to prominence a year ago when he narrowly lost his bid to defeat Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. He has also visited the general election battleground state of Wisconsin.

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