Beto O’Rourke, 46, looking to shore up his prospects for a prospective 2020 presidential run, has asked aides to make the plans for him to travel and “pop into places” such as community college campuses, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The extended tour would start at O’Rourke’s El Paso home but eschew visiting early primary-voting states. The Journal reports that no staff or press will accompany O’Rourke, but he might keep a running diary going on social media.
It’s not a surprise O’Rourke wants to visit college campuses; he’s been trying hard to portray himself as hip, even swearing in his concession speech after he lost in his senatorial bid to unseat Senator Ted Cruz, as he said, "Tonight’s loss does nothing to diminish the way I feel about Texas or this country. I’m so f**king proud of you guys.”
O’Rourke has spent a lot of time in his car and videotaping himself speaking, trying to reach out to voters.
O’Rourke issued a series of interminable videos of him driving during the campaign while he played rock music in the car, whether it was driving to Waco through the rain, driving to Houston at night, driving to Laredo, and driving to Killeen, among others.
O’Rourke boasted, “Listen, this is the largest grassroots campaign we’ve ever seen in Texas. … We’ve traveled more than 6,000 miles visiting every part of Texas.”
Just prior to his election loss to Cruz, O'Rourke told MSNBC reporter Garrett Haake that he wasn't interested in running for president in 2020, saying, "I will not be a candidate for president in 2020."