Beto O’Rourke along with his wife, Amy, and their three children visited rural Mitchell County on Wednesday, July 3. O’Rourke is seeking the Democratic nomination for President.
Approximately 80 area residents attended the outdoor event at the home of Kurt and Paula Meyer, located south of Mona. O’Rourke fielded questions from the crowd for more than a half-hour and stayed to take photos.
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O’Rourke has emphasized a commitment to visit communities large and small throughout Iowa prior to the Iowa caucuses, which take place in February 2020. In his race for Senate in 2018, then-candidate O’Rourke, (frequently referred to as just “Beto”) campaigned in all 254 Texas counties. He has already visited approximately half of the 99 counties in Iowa. This was his first visit to Mitchell County.
During the visit, Beto called for term limits for members of Congress. “The President can only serve eight years. The Mayor of El Paso (Beto’s hometown) can only serve for eight years,” he said. “There are enough talented people out there to replace even our senior officeholders,” Beto said.