National Newswatch

O’Rourke team begins national staffing talks amid 2020 buzz

Feb 28 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — AUSTIN, Texas — Beto O'Rourke's advisers have begun speaking to Democratic political strategists about positions in a national campaign as the former Texas congressman promises to announce a decision on a 2020 presidential run soon. A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday that O'Rourke's team is having early, […]

Oprah offers big stage for Beto O’Rourke’s re-emergence

Feb 5 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — AUSTIN, Texas — Beto O'Rourke's weeks of near-silence end on a massive stage when he sits down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The appearance Tuesday on "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square" comes ahead of a possible presidential campaign and puts O'Rourke's charisma to the test. O'Rourke dazzled Democrats last year by nearly defeating […]

Bloomberg says he’d self-fund possible 2020 White House bid

Jan 11 2019 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — AUSTIN, Texas — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that if he runs for president, he'll pay for it himself, defending candidates who use personal riches to bankroll campaigns. Bloomberg's comments to reporters in Texas on Friday follow a jab from another top 2020 contender. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently decried the Democratic presidential […]