Beto Has Reportedly Been Working Behind The Scenes For 2020 Run

Cheryl Sanders
March 14, 2019

Following the premiere of an HBO documentary chronicling his unsuccessful 2018 US Senate campaign, "Running with Beto", at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, this past weekend, O'Rourke deflected a question about his 2020 plans by praising local candidates featured in the film.

"Supporting [Giddens] for state Senate is the way that we get Iowa - and by extension, this country - back on the right rack", O'Rourke said in a video posted to Twitter by Giddens.

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.

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.

While he has not formally announced his bid for the presidency, O'Rourke has been polling as a top three contender for the Democratic nomination.

Norm Sterzenbach, a veteran Iowa Democratic operative, helped produce O'Rourke's video for Giddens, CNN reported.

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

"Beto O'Rourke has long sold Democrats a bill of goods, pretending to be a liberal superstar while exploiting his father-in-law's connections to climb the political ladder". "UNI, we're counting on you, and we're looking forward to seeing you soon".

Paul Tewes, who was Barack Obama's 2008 Iowa state director, has also been advising O'Rourke, a source familiar with his role said.

But O'Rourke's outreach comes as the former Texas congressman is reportedly beginning to staff up in Iowa in preparation for a likely presidential run following months of media speculation.

The Democrat has been highly critical of US President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

On Facebook, O'Rourke's page - which had not paid for any advertisement since his failed bid to unseat Republican Sen. The former Texas congressman is expected to visit the Hawkeye State on Saturday to participate in a get-out-the-vote event.

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