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Beto O'Rourke Makes Campaign Stop in North Iowa with Family

July 03, 2019 11:06 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Unlike a typical presidential campaign stop, Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke, along with his wife and three children, heard from and spoke with voters Wednesday in Iowa.

"This country has never been more divided. Every day the president of the United States seeks to actively enflame tensions in this country. Beto is trying to bring folks together, heal this county, but also stand up and right the wrongs that we've been seeing," said Iowa Communications Director for Beto for America, Geoff Burgan.

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The O’Rourke family also took in some holiday festivities while meeting with the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce.

At a house party in St. Ansgar, O'Rourke touched on climate change, term limits for politicians, and the power of young people. Education was also addressed.

"Teachers need to be paid enough so that they can work just one job. Too many are working a second or a third job just to make ends meet right now. They're also laboring under these high stakes standardized tests that in no way meaningfully measure your performance in the classroom, or the potential of the child," O’Rourke said.

During last week's debate, speaking a language other than English helped Beto stand out among others in the crowded Democratic field.

"There are 40 million people in the country that speak Spanish. I think it's so important to make sure that we're bringing them into the process," Burgan said.

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