Beto O'Rourke plans first Iowa visit amid 2020 speculation

Beto O'Rourke presses the flesh during a 2018 campaign stop in San Antonio.- SANFORD NOWLIN

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"Supporting him for state Senate is the way that we get Iowa, and by extension, this country, back on the right track", O'Rourke says.

A spokesman for O'Rourke, Chris Evans, confirmed the trip and added that the former congressman will be in Waterloo on Saturday "to kickoff an afternoon of canvassing, GOTV, and grassroots organizing", for Giddens. O'Rourke's team recently teased his upcoming "big announcement" in emails to supporters, and he has been building out a national campaign staff, CNN previously reported. Sign up today to be first to know what's next.

O'Rourke's possible foray into the presidential race would be the culmination of an unlikely political rise that began with the 3-term congressman's decision to challenge Republican Sen.

O'Rourke, 46, rose to national prominence previous year when he narrowly lost his bid to defeat Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

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All signs since have pointed to moving forward with a campaign for president.

Norm Sterzenbach, a veteran Iowa Democratic operative, helped produce O'Rourke's video for Giddens, CNN reported. Sherrod Brown in Iowa before he decided not to run for president in 2020, are also assisting O'Rourke in Iowa, per Politico.

A Des Moines Register/CNN Iowa poll released this weekend found that O'Rourke has dropped six percentage points from the first Iowa poll that was released in December.

Beto O'Rourke is headed to Iowa this weekend.

Beto O'Rourke is heading to Iowa this weekend amid speculation that the Texas Democrat is preparing to throw his hat into the ring for president in 2020.

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The tweet by Giddens was accompanied by a video of O'Rourke speaking from his home city of El Paso, Texas, wearing a University of Northern Iowa baseball cap and urging UNI students to vote for Giddens.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks to constituents outside of a polling location at Nixon Elementary School in El Paso, Texas, Nov. 6, 2018. In Austin, over the weekend for the South by Southwest festival, he told reporters, "I want to make sure I do it the right way, and I tell everyone at the same time".

If O'Rourke does declare a presidential bid he will be the at least the 15th Democrat to enter the Democratic race and vie for the chance to unseat President Donald Trump.

He sat for an interview with Oprah Winfrey in NY and held a rival rally last month to decry Trump's immigration policy as the president promoted his planned border wall in El Paso. The former Texas congressman is expected to visit the Hawkeye State on Saturday to participate in a get-out-the-vote event.

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