Beto to Make First Trip to Iowa

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A ‘big announcement’ from Beto O’Rourke is on the horizon

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A spokesman says O'Rourke will visit the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday to campaign for Eric Giddens, the Democratic candidate running in a state Senate special election there.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee speaks during a rally at the beginning of the March For Science in Seattle, Washington, U.S. April 22, 2017.

The moves suggest O'Rourke is ramping up for a presidential bid, including his first trip to Iowa as a candidate or prospective candidate. A recurring theme emerged, according to people familiar with the conversations, with O'Rourke saying he would only seek the Democratic nomination "if he could be himself" and run an unconventional campaign similar to his Senate bid where he is able to meet directly with voters. 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.

Norm Sterzenbach, a veteran Iowa Democratic operative, helped produce O'Rourke's video for Giddens, CNN reported. "It's the exact kind of campaign that America needs right now, and it's why so many of us are hoping that Beto has made a decision to launch a campaign for President of the United States".

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The anti-tax Club for Growth is expected to begin airing a two-minute commercial in Iowa this week aimed at dampening liberal support for O'Rourke, who's expected to enter the race any day.

O'Rourke is in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, this week ahead of his Iowa trip.

"We want to play as great a role as possible making sure that this country lives up to our expectations, to the promise, to the potential that we all know her to have", O'Rourke said.

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

O'Rourke, who reportedly has ruled out challenging Sen. He has also visited the general election battleground state of Wisconsin.

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