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Politics'Draft Beto' campaign to make Iowa push

23:06  11 january  2019
23:06  11 january  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Draft Beto , which was formed a month after O’Rourke fell short in a surprisingly close Senate race in deep-red Texas, is also on a hiring spree, including bringing onboard a number of veteran operatives with ties to former President Obama’s campaigns and other Democrats who approached the group.

The Draft Beto movement is raising money for a 2020 presidential run and releasing a campaign -style video. The “ Draft Beto ” effort organizing meetings in Iowa is separate from a similar draft campaign that recently added strategists in Nevada and South Carolina.

'Draft Beto' campaign to make Iowa push© AP Photo/Eric Gay, File If Beto O’Rourke decides to run, connections to operatives made by supporters in early primary states could prove significant.

Democratic activists working to lay campaign groundwork for Beto O’Rourke if he decides to run for president are ratcheting up their efforts in Iowa, organizing “Draft Beto” meetings for next week in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, organizers told POLITICO.

Kimberley Strope-Boggus, a longtime field organizer and Iowa activist, will host a meeting of supporters at a restaurant in Des Moines on Thursday, though she said she has yet to commit to any candidate.

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Former US Rep. Beto O'Rourke is ready to " push the button" to launch his presidential campaign The trip will end Saturday with a get-out-the-vote push for a state Senate candidate in Waterloo Some Democratic operatives who have been working on a draft movement have been in contact with

Beto O'Rourke is making good on a promise to campaign heavily in Iowa , returning next week for his second tour of the state in less than a month. According to his campaign , O'Rourke will spend four days in Iowa beginning Wednesday, and he will travel to at least 10 different counties for nearly

On Wednesday, Paul Esker, who worked on Fred Hubbell’s unsuccessful campaign for Iowa governor, will host a similar event in Iowa City, organizers said.

Though neither Strope-Boggus nor Esker have committed to O’Rourke, the meetings offer the former Texas congressman a modicum of visibility in Iowa as he continues to mull a campaign.

The “Draft Beto” effort organizing meetings in Iowa is separate from a similar draft campaign that recently added strategists in Nevada and South Carolina, two other early nominating states.

“Our goal is to build a grassroots volunteer base that Beto can access if he decides to run,” said Will Herberich, a New England-based strategist co-chairing the group pushing the Iowa effort. “There are, as we’ve seen already, thousands of people from every state who are excited about the idea of Beto running for president. So, our mission is just to find ways to activate those people so they can begin organizing their communities.”

‘Draft Beto’ effort builds momentum

‘Draft Beto’ effort builds momentum O’Rourke is getting a significant lift in the early nominating states of South Carolina and Nevada.

Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke are different in many respects. In Iowa , the first contest in the race, he won voters younger than 30 by 70 percentage points But O’Rourke, who plans to formally kick off his campaign with three rallies across Texas on Saturday, is poised to make inroads with Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager, said that the senator appeals to young people because of

“ Draft Beto is a revolutionary campaign to convince Beto O'Rourke to run for President in 2020,” the organizers write on their website DraftBeto.us. A spokesman for O’Rourke did not respond to a request for comment. In Iowa , a Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll released over the weekend

O’Rourke has not yet said if he will run for president. But the former Texas congressman is leaning toward it, according to people who have talked with him or his advisers. If he decides to run, connections to operatives made by supporters in early primary states could prove significant.

Strope-Boggus worked on President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012 and is co-chair of the events committee for the Polk County Democrats.

She has hosted gatherings for other potential Democratic contenders, including Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Eric Swalwellof California, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley before O’Malley took himself out of the race.

“My conversations with activists or people coming off the midterm is that they like what they heard [from O’Rourke], they want to see more, and they are encouraging him to get into the race,” she said. “Iowans love political chum — so if there’s a ‘Draft Beto 2020’ sign, I guarantee Iowans will be there.”

Still, other Democratic contenders have already made aggressive moves in Iowa and New Hampshire, courting donors and activists in the early nominating states. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts appeared in Iowa this past weekend, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, among others, is planning a trip.

“There are going to be a lot of great candidates” running in 2020, Strope-Boggus said. “At the end of the day it is … who can beat Trump.”

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