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  • River towns, cornfields, wide-open roads

  • and a battleground for presidential hopefuls.

  • This is Iowa.

  • And in the last few months,

  • all 15 Democratic candidates have traveled here

  • to drum up support.

  • "Here in Iowa —"

  • “I kind of like Amy Klobuchar.”

  • “I like Elizabeth Warren.”

  • “I'm kind of waiting for Biden.”

  • The latest to enter the race is former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke.

  • It's his first time ever visiting the state,

  • and the frenzied road trip he's about to embark on

  • will be an early test of his grassroots appeal

  • outside of Texas.

  • As we traveled around the eastern side of the state

  • away from the media circus, some people knew about O'Rourke

  • and some didn't.

  • Texas, right?”

  • Sounds familiar.”

  • “I don't know enough about him.”

  • O'Rourke's jam-packed schedule in Iowa

  • mirrors his recent Senate campaign.

  • In 2018, he criss-crossed Texas, drew big crowds,

  • became a media sensation,

  • and then lost the race

  • to incumbent Ted Cruz.

  • God bless Texas!”

  • Iowa is a key swing state,

  • and voters here will cast the first caucus

  • votes in the nation.

  • So yeah, they're used to being wooed.

  • It's gotten bigger and bigger every year.”

  • It started early this year.”

  • You do get some election fatigue.”

  • In his theree days here,

  • he went to coffee shops and gave speeches on countertops.

  • “I don't think there's ever been a greater moment.“

  • He ran a 5K — “We're setting the pace.”

  • Then there were many meet and greets.

  • That's our moment right now.

  • A defining moment of truth for America

  • and we are going to meet it together.”

  • And during a live recording of a podcast

  • he talked about criticism he faced about his privilege

  • and acknowledged some early blunders.

  • “I think the criticism is right on.

  • And so I'm doing my best, imperfectly for sure.

  • But doing my best to be as open as I possibly can.”

  • He's gotten fairly good crowds

  • and I that has to do with sort of his mid-level

  • name recognition.

  • And he has that personality as a good speaker.

  • He kind of brings people in.”

  • Tim Hagle has been studying Iowa politics for over 20 years.

  • We're at that stage where you have all of these choices.

  • The candidates are here and people will go and see

  • two, three, four, five different candidates,

  • and they have to sort of sort through who they like better.”

  • Near the end of the tour,

  • O'Rourke drew an enthusiastic crowd in Waterloo.

  • Here, like at most events, he focused on

  • one of his core topics: the border.

  • Those asylum seekers who can find a home here,

  • they will be better for it,

  • but so will this country. Our strength, our success —”

  • But away from the rally at this hair salon,

  • voters were weighing different candidates and issues.

  • “I like Karmala, how she thinks as far as all of us as one.”

  • Basically, we need to be more unified, pretty much.”

  • “I just love Bernie.

  • He just seems like he's for everybody.”

  • Oh yeah, the health care thing has really got me.

  • My mom, all of them,

  • they've got to pay so much for health care.

  • And to me, that's just not right.”

  • Health care came up again and again.

  • Drug prices.”

  • "Big pharma."

  • Health care.”

  • Health care is really important to me, too.”

  • As did — “Climate change.”

  • Climate change.”

  • Climate change.”

  • As a farmer, we see the climate changes.”

  • He might be popular, but O'Rourke has some challenges ahead.

  • His resumé is light on legislative accomplishments.

  • And Hagle says that O'Rourke

  • is going to need to take his soaring rhetoric

  • and get more specific.

  • Some of his answers have been relatively vague.

  • He hasn't really got a good command of the details

  • in terms of some of the plans and things that he wants.

  • And so that's going to make some Democrats

  • a little concerned.”

  • It's early days,

  • and many voters are weighing their options.

  • But it's clear that O'Rourke

  • is going to have to fight to distinguish himself

  • on the ground in Iowa.

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