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PoliticsEarly polls don't 'describe the full picture': Beto O'Rourke

16:40  09 june  2019
16:40  09 june  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Presidential hopefuls Joe Biden, Beto O'Rourke share talking points at DNC fundraiser in Atlanta

Presidential hopefuls Joe Biden, Beto O'Rourke share talking points at DNC fundraiser in Atlanta The two 2020 presidential candidates appeared at the Democratic National Committee's I Will Vote Gala fundraiser in Atlanta.

Robert Francis " Beto " O ' Rourke (/ˈbɛtoʊ oʊˈrɔːrk/; born September 26, 1972) is an American businessman, musician, and politician who represented Texas' 16th congressional district in the

Beto O ’ Rourke , the democratic congressman from El Paso, has just finished the first of the day’s three campaign events, an early -morning house His rival in the primary, an eight-term incumbent, had the full support of the Democratic establishment – Barack Obama endorsed him; Bill Clinton came to El

Early polls don't 'describe the full picture': Beto O'Rourke© Charles Krupa/AP Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke addresses a gathering at a campus library during a campaign stop at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., May 10, 2019.

Former Texas Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke joined ABC's "This Week" on Sunday as he continues to face poll numbers that show him behind some of the race's top contenders.

"These polls, this far out, I really don't think describe the full picture," O'Rourke told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. "We've got a lot of time, a lot of work, but thankfully we have a number of extraordinary volunteers, we're going to make this possible."

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O'Rourke hammers Trump on tariffs: The damage 'has already been done' Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke hammered President Trump over his trade policies after the White House announced Friday it had reached an immigration deal to avoid slapping tariffs on all imports from Mexico. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "The damage from this president's disastrous tariffs has already been done," O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman who represented the border town of El Paso, said in a press release.

Beto O ' Rourke . Based on early voting turnout in recent midterm elections, about 3 million Texans are expected to cast their ballots before Election Day But recent polls have Cruz ahead of O ' Rourke by between five and nine points — an indication of how difficult it is for a progressive to win statewide

Polls conducted after June 28, 2018, the date this page was published, are listed by the date that FiveThirtyEight collected them; polls conducted before then are listed under the last date that the poll was in the field.

O'Rourke, who rose to national prominence during his U.S. Senate campaign in Texas last year against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, is in the middle of a four-day swing through the critical early voting state of Iowa.

Early polls don't 'describe the full picture': Beto O'Rourke© Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco, June 1, 2019.

Despite the high expectations that came with O'Rourke's much anticipated presidential rollout, the former El Paso congressman has struggled in recent weeks to keep pace with the top tier of the Democratic field.

A national Quinnipiac University poll in late May showed him with just 2% support among Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters. But with the race still in its early stages and the first debates slated to take place later this month, O'Rourke still has ample opportunity to regain his footing.

Beto O’Rourke described as 'blank slate' by Iowa Democrat introducing him

Beto O’Rourke described as 'blank slate' by Iowa Democrat introducing him A local Democrat introduced Beto O’Rourke as a "blank slate" at a campaign stop in Iowa on Friday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "Beto is here because he wants to hear what rural Iowa and rural America is standing for. He is going from city to city. He wants to hear what we want. He is a blank slate that is waiting to be filled by our hopes and dreams for the United States," the woman said, introducing O’Rourke to the crowd.

Beto O ' Rourke is the most popular Democrat among progressives at this very early stage to take on Donald Trump in 2020, according to a new MoveOn However, reflecting that it's still quite early to be talking about 2020, "someone else / don ' t know" actually received the most votes in the straw poll

Beto O ’ Rourke , D-El Paso, by 5 percentage points among likely voters in a new Ipsos online poll released Wednesday in conjunction with Reuters According to the newly released poll , 49 percent of respondents said they would vote for Cruz, while 44 percent said they would vote for O ’ Rourke ; 3

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On Saturday, he joined several of his Democratic rivals at the Capital City Pride festival in Des Moines, Iowa, where he took aim at President Donald Trump, who he says is using fear to pit Americans against one another.

"We have this president of the United States, who use fear to keep us apart, to make us afraid, and to make some of our fellow Americans angry, to prevent us from coming together to make the change that we still need," O'Rourke told a crowd in the shadow of the Iowa State Capitol.

Trump tweeted on Friday that a "signed agreement" has been reached between the U.S. and Mexico on tariffs — an accord aimed at stemming the "tide of migration."

"I think the President has completely overblown what he purports to have achieved, these are agreements that Mexico had already made in some cases, months ago," O'Rourke said. "They might have accelerated the timetable, but by and large the President has achieved nothing except to jeopardize the most important trading relationship that the United States of America has."

Democrat presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke outlines LGBTQ policy proposal

Democrat presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke outlines LGBTQ policy proposal Democrat presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke outlines LGBTQ policy proposal

Beto O ' Rourke reflects the volatility of a 2020 presidential primary that has flummoxed Democratic A POLITICO/Morning Consult presidential primary poll last week put O ’ Rourke in third place among And in a lengthy presidential race, early stars can fade. George Tsunis, the hotel magnate and

Why Women Are Betting On Beto O ' Rourke . O ’ Rourke has kept his campaign more homespun than Cruz. In September, he sang at a rally with Austin native Willie Nelson — an event that would set a record for attendance at a political rally since the 2016 election with some 55,000 people showing up.

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Late Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden reversed his stance on his support for a measure that prevents using federal funding for abortion after taking heat from some of his fellow 2020 Democrats.

"For many years as a U.S. senator, I have supported the Hyde amendment as many, many others have because there was sufficient monies and circumstances where women were able to exercise that right, women of color, poor women, women were not able to have access, and it was not under attack … as it is now. But circumstances have changed," Biden said.

Prior to Biden's reversal, several 2020 challengers criticized him for his support for the amendment, given its impact on low-income and minority women.

Stephanopoulos asked O'Rourke on Sunday whether there was room in the party for a pro-life Democrat.

"It's very hard for me to believe that we could ever produce a nominee who would not believe in a woman's right to choose," O'Rourke said, "...and the mandate for us to stand with women in each and every instance."

ABC News' Adam Kelsey contributed to this report.

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