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 TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE, including former personal attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews MORE. Cohen has been sentenced to prison for making hush-money payments and Manafort is being accused by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report 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 CruzTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape O'Rourke says he will not 'in any scenario' run for Senate 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 GillibrandSteve King to Gillibrand: Odds of me resigning same as yours of winning presidential nomination The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? King incites furor with abortion, rape and incest remarks MORE (D-N.Y) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Manufacturing shrinks, raising questions for Trump Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties 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 SandersBernie SandersVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE, who are both considering White House bids, have led a number of early 2020 horse race polls.