Group aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video

Draft Beto, a group of Democratic activists urging former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) to run for president, on Thursday launched its first web video to rev up support for the Texas Democrat ahead of his 2020 decision.

The 90-second spot is set to The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” which is a reference to the viral video of O’Rourke air-drumming to that song while waiting at the drive-thru at a Whataburger after a Texas Senate debates.

 

Draft Beto is aiming to raise enough money off the video to potentially air it on social media and in TV markets in early primary states. The group has been planning an ambitious draft movement, which includes raising $1 million for a possible O'Rourke White House bid and building a donor email list it can eventually hand off to the former congressman — if he runs.

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The video includes a montage of photos and clips of several advisers of President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much' Sarah Sanders addresses false statements detailed in Mueller report: 'A slip of the tongue' Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor MORE, including former personal attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortHeavily redacted Mueller report leaves major questions unanswered Manafort told Rick Gates that Trump's lawyers would 'take care of us,' Mueller report says Mueller considered charging campaign aides in Trump Tower meeting but lacked evidence MORE. Cohen has been sentenced to prison for making hush-money payments and Manafort is being accused by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE of lying to investigators in breach of his plea agreement.

The video later cuts to a picture of Trump shaking hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Helsinki summit last year. After that meeting with Putin, O’Rourke had said he’d support impeaching Trump.

It also includes several clips of O’Rourke on late night shows and scenes from his stump speeches during his 2018 Senate campaign, where he narrowly lost to GOP Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes O'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign Disney to donate million to rebuild Notre Dame MORE in deep-red Texas.

“We’re going to shine through right now in this moment of division,” O’Rourke says in one clip in the video.

The video ends on a quote from his concession speech last November: “We will see you out there down the road.”

O’Rourke is considering a White House bid, but NBC News recently reported that he won’t make an announcement until February at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Democratic field is quickly growing.

Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration 2020 Dems call on Mueller to testify about redacted report 2020 Dems blast Barr's defense of Trump before Mueller report's release MORE (D-N.Y) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Poll: Buttigieg surges into contention with Biden, Sanders MORE (D-Mass.) announced exploratory presidential committees and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who is also a Texas Democrat, has officially entered the contest.

While O’Rourke has inched upward in some early national 2020 polls, he’s still behind a number of potential White House hopefuls in name recognition.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Poll: Buttigieg surges into contention with Biden, Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration Poll: Buttigieg surges into contention with Biden, Sanders Buttigieg to fundraise in DC with major Obama, Clinton bundlers next month: report MORE, who are both considering White House bids, have led a number of early 2020 horse race polls.