Beto Heads To Iowa Ahead of Likely Presidential Run Announcement

Beto Heads To Iowa Ahead of Likely Presidential Run Announcement

Beto O'Rourke will head to Iowa this Saturday amid widespread anticipation of a likely announcement of his 2020 presidential bid. 

O'Rourke and his team will canvass in support of an Iowa Democrat, Eric Giddens, running in a state Senate special election. O'Rourke will go to the state this weekend to participate in a get-out-the-vote event for Giddens.

The news comes after O'Rourke and his team shot a video released Monday in support of Giddens’ campaign.

"Our campaign and @BetoORourke look forward to getting out the #PantherVote and seeing you on Saturday," Democrat candidate Eric Giddens tweeted Monday evening.

"Supporting (Giddens) for state Senate is the way that we get Iowa, and by extension this country, back on the right track," O'Rourke says in the video, released on Monday evening. "It's the only way to ensure that you've done everything you possibly can for this country, when she needs you the most."

All signs point to a presidential run:

Speculation grew that he would run for president after he was narrowly defeated by Sen. Ted Cruz during the 2018 midterm elections.

In February, Giddens was selected by Black Hawk County Democrats to be their candidate for Iowa Senate District 30.

Last month, O'Rourke made a statement about his intentions to run, saying, "Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country. We are excited to share it with everyone soon."

Since then the political world has been holding its breath waiting for Beto to make an announcement about whether or not he will actually run for the Democratic nomination. 

When asked recently about his 2020 plans Beto sidestepped the question.

"There are so many candidacies, so many leaders, who we got to be a part of this amazing thing in Texas over the last two years, and it continues, and we are so excited," he said. "We just want to continue to be a part of it."

But with his first trip to Iowa planned for this week, there is almost no chance that Beto O'Rourke won't run for the Democratic nomination. If he does, he will be running against a wide range of democratic contenders.