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 TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE, including former personal attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLobbyist Tony Podesta returns to work for Huawei Former bank CEO convicted of bribery in scheme to land Trump admin job Trial begins for Chicago banker who exchanged loans with Manafort for Trump job MORE. Cohen has been sentenced to prison for making hush-money payments and Manafort is being accused by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 CruzTrio of Senate Republicans urges Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week 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.

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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 SandersBernie SandersGOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan To break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE, who are both considering White House bids, have led a number of early 2020 horse race polls.