Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a potential rival for President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election, will speak during an event intended to outshine the president’s El Paso rally.
O’Rourke, who gave up his congressional seat in an unsuccessful effort to unseat Texas Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in last year’s elections, made the city’s safety and the need for immigration reform a major focus of his campaign.
He is now weighing whether to enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination next year, which if successful would likely pit him against Trump in November 2020.
O’Rourke will join a march from Bowie High School, 801 S. San Marcial St., in South El Paso to the Chalio Acosta Sports Center, 4321 Delta Drive, near the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano Drive, where Trump will have his campaign rally.
O’Rourke and his supporters will gather at Bowie at 5 p.m., then march to the sports center at 6. At 6:30, a celebration of El Paso will feature music and speakers. O’Rourke will speak at 7 p.m.
The president’s rally is scheduled to begin at the same time.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Cruz plan to be with Trump at his campaign-style rally, according to aides for the state leaders.
O’Rourke said he sees Trump’s campaign rally as an opportunity for the city to take control of the narrative.
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SOURCE: El Paso Times – Madlin Mekelburg and John C Moritz