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Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, Potential 2020 Candidate, Met With Obama

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According to a Washington Post report, failed U.S. Senate candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who is mulling a 2020 presidential run, met with former president Barack H. Obama recently in Washington.

“The meeting, which was held Nov. 16 at the former president’s offices in Foggy Bottom, came as former Obama aides have encouraged the Democratic House member to run, seeing him as capable of the same kind of inspirational campaign that caught fire in the 2008 presidential election,” the report said.

According to the report, O’Rourke, who passed himself off as a Latino populist, despite the fact he is Irish and his father-in-law is a billionaire, is being trailed by TMZ and is inundated with phone calls from Democratic operatives who are encouraging him to run and vying for a job on his potential campaign. O’Rourke has said that he is discussing a potential run with his family.

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“Obama’s stated mission has been to build a new generation of Democratic leaders, and two weeks ago he said that O’Rourke, who is 46, reminded him of himself,” the report said. “The three-term congressman, he said, was one of the rare politicians who can connect with a wide swath of the electorate in an increasingly siloed country.”

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Obama has reportedly met with other potential 2020 candidates including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Big League Politics reported Tuesday that a Harvard poll had O’Rourke polling at 7 percent, behind only Sanders (21 percent) and former Vice President Joe Biden (28 percent).

One of O’Rourke’s potential 2020 competitors, huckster attorney Michael Avenatti, announced Tuesday that he will not seek election to the nation’s highest office, citing his “respect for his family.”

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President Donald Trump Will Move the 2020 Republican Convention Out of North Carolina

The state had interfered in the convention.

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President Donald Trump confirmed that he will move the 2020 Republican Convention away from Charlotte, North Carolina in a series of tweets Tuesday night. The state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, had refused to allow the Republican Party to conduct the event at full capacity, citing supposedly necessary coronavirus social distancing restrictions.

The event was slated to be held in late August, well after the apex of the national coronavirus epidemic. Cooper still refused to allow the Republican Party to proceed with its plans to hold a full-sized major party political convention.

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The loss of the Republican convention is set to cost North Carolina millions of dollars in revenue for the state’s economy. Major party conventions are regularly sought by governors and mayors, but it appears that Cooper’s desire to restrict the GOP convention overrode his desire for the benefits of the event.

The President had earlier been threatening to move the convention if North Carolina failed to give the Republican Party the green light to proceed in organizing for its convention as planned.

Sources indicate that GOP officials are already scouting out potential alternative locations for the party’s convention. Early reports suggest that either Arizona or Florida could be selected as possible replacement locations for the event, with both states set to be competitive electoral battlegrounds in the fall presidential election.

Arizona Republican Debbie Lesko called for the RNC to move the convention to her Glendale-area district, and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has suggested that the state would be willing to welcome the President and Republicans across the country for the crucial political event.

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