Beto O'Rourke's Iowa Appearance Another Sign He Plans a Presidential Run


Beto O'Rourke presses the flesh during a 2018 campaign stop in San Antonio. - SANFORD NOWLIN
  • Sanford Nowlin
  • Beto O'Rourke presses the flesh during a 2018 campaign stop in San Antonio.
Anybody needing a further sign Beto O'Rourke's got his eye on a presidential run, here it is — he's going to Iowa.

The former El Paso congressman (and owner of an apparently unlimited supply of blue dress shirts) will visit the early voting state this weekend to stump for Eric Giddens, the Democrat vying for an Iowa Senate.

Giddens tweeted a video from O'Rourke reminding University of Northern Iowa students to cast their ballots in Giddens' special election. Wednesday, it turns out, is the final day for early campus voting. 
The trip to the Hawkeye State would be O'Rourke's first as a candidate — and spending time there is a necessity for anyone mounting a serious presidential run. Also, remember that people close to O'Rourke recently signaled that he's not interested in duking it out with John Cornyn in another senate run.

While O'Rourke put in a lot of miles chasing the Texas senate seat he narrowly lost to Ted Cruz, he never appeared in any of the traditional early voting states, according to the Texas Tribune. Until now.

Can an official announcement be far off?

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.