Last month, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke announced his run for presidency in 2020. This week, O’Rourke became the first 2020 presidential candidate to visit the commonwealth.
At a roundtable event Wednesday afternoon, O’Rourke joined Delegate Hala Ayala of Virginia’s 51st district and Delegate Danica Roem of Virginia’s 13th district.
Ayala and Roem were two of the record amount of women to run for office in 2017. “The passion that we had for our country and our community was the reasons we were running for office and I see that in Beto,” said Ayala.
O’Rourke, famous for nearly clenching Ted Cruz’s Senate seat in 2018, looked to Ayala and Roem for advice. “We took a lot of heart from Virginia and what you had accomplished from those victories,” said O’Rourke. “I mean, that changed the world in this country and what was now thought to be politically possible.”
Beto heads to New Hampshire on Thursday — his second trip to the state since announcing his presidential run.