Is Beto back? O'Rourke's Trump counter-rally teases 2020 run

2 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, February 12 2019 Feb 12, 2019 February 12, 2019 3:09 PM February 12, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) - It's not easy to drown out President Donald Trump, but Beto O'Rourke showed he's willing to try.

The possible 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful staged a hometown rally near where Trump was speaking in the U.S.-Mexico border city of El Paso, Texas, on Monday - so close, in fact, that echoes of the president's words could be heard during lulls.

It was the latest signal that the ex-Texas congressman is readying for a White House run. It's also a window into what an O'Rourke campaign might look like.

O'Rourke barely mentioned Trump but assailed the president's support for border walls, trying to stay both critical and optimistic in a way that helped him pull off a near upset of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November.

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