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

Beto O’Rourke is already taking questions from voters in Keokuk Iowa in a bid to raise his profile. – EPA pic

President Donald Trump is welcoming Beto O'Rourke to the Democratic primary race with faint praise.

However, O'Rourke didn't expand on the issue in his response to Trump's critique.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke cited several challenges rural communities face when it comes to internet access, specifically residents' ability to use the dating app Tinder, at a Thursday campaign event in Keokuk, Iowa. "You may have that in Iowa as well, where farmers and ranchers and producers literally cannot get online, where people cannot start businesses in their own town or finish their education after high school because they cannot get online".

Asked if he was more threatened by O'Rourke or former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump said: "whoever it is I'll take him or her on".

Klobuchar was not the only 2020 candidate to welcome O'Rourke on Thursday. Elizabeth Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, have spoken of the need for the USA government to reckon with and make up for centuries of stolen labor and legal oppression.

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 freaky antics such as a Instagram live stream from his dental hygienist's chair.

"He's not going to get the money he got when he ran for Senate". A recent ad by the Club for Growth described O'Rourke's pushing a redevelopment scheme "to bulldoze a poor Hispanic neighborhood", the Post reported.

Mr O'Rourke, 46, gave up his seat in the House of Representatives for his attempt to oust Ted Cruz from the Senate in last year's midterm elections, coming within three points of the incumbent in a traditionally Republican state. National Democrats were attracted to O'Rourke's record-breaking $80 million raised during his campaign, compared to Cruz's $37 million, also a record. "And, of course, he's someone that comes, like I do, from the center of the country".



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