O'Rourke's Donor Roots Are GOP Businessmen — WashPost

Rep. Beto O'Rourke D-El Paso the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas speaks during a campaign rally in El Paso Texas. Southern politics was a one-party affair for a long time. But now it’s a mixed bag

Beyond a previously announced event in Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday, O'Rourke is expected to visit other towns in eastern Iowa, traditionally a Democratic stronghold, Politico said. Vela said he also donated $2,000 to Julian Castro when the former San Antonio mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Obama announced his candidacy.

Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey Thursday reacted to Beto O'Rourke's announcement that he is running for President of the Unites States.

"I could care less about your party persuasion", O'Rourke said. "I don't think anybody in that race knows what it's like".

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Confirming his run to Texan TV outlet KTSM, Mr O'Rourke said: "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents".

Democrat Beto O'Rourke urged full legalization of marijuana in the U.S.in remarks on the first day of his 2020 presidential run, but also called for stigmatizing the drug like tobacco to discourage children from using it.

O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman who came close to defeating Ted Cruz in last year's Senate race, confirmed his plans in a text message to the station.

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"This is a defining moment of truth for this country, and for every single one of us", O'Rourke said in a video announcement posted on his Facebook page. "It's a big part of why I'm running".

Last month the former congressman from El Paso said he would "absolutely" support tearing down existing barriers along the southern border with Mexico.

O' Rourke heads to Iowa amid some signs his popularity there has waned in the past several weeks, as he has publicly deliberated about a run while more than a dozen Democrats leapt into the race. "He asked about: What will this do to my family?" "And, of course, he's someone that comes, like I do, from the center of the country".

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