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Congressman Beto O’Rourke begins 34-day trip in his hometown

Daniel Mendez
Congressmen Beto O’Rourke will tavel throughout Texas for 34 days campaign. His first stop was his hometown of El Paso.

Congressman Beto O’Rourke began his 34-day trip through Texas in his hometown, where thousands of El Pasoans gathered in his support for a breakfast rally on Sunday, July 28.

Those who arrived early at his campaign headquarters, on 415 E Yandell Dr., enjoyed a free bowl of menudo, provided by Valentine’s bakery, while food from other local food trucks was also available for purchase.

One hundred days until Election Day, O’Rourke’s campaign volunteers made sure they didn’t lose any time and helped attendees register to vote as they were walking in.

The audience was then greeted by Mariachi Estrella de El Paso before O’Rourke took the stage.

After traveling to all 254 counties in Texas, O’Rourke shared what he viewed that El Paso could be the city that leads by example through its bicultural identity.

“The people from the border have created something more powerful, more beautiful, more amazing than some other parts and the people. This is magic here in El Paso and Juarez and I want us to lead the way in reuniting our immigration laws.”

The congressman also said that with the help of his supporters, they have raised $10.4 million with contributions by individuals, compared to his opponent, Senator Ted Cruz, who raised $4 million with the help of big corporations.

“It shows that up against this concentrated power, of corporations and special interests, and wealth and privilege and politics as usual, we the people, the people of El Paso, the people of Texas, are more than a match, more than a match for this prettiness, more than a match for a presidency—an administration that would take kids from their parents that have traveled 2,000 miles to come to our front door right here in El Paso, Texas, to claim asylum or to seek refuge or safety of shelter as have millions of people from across the planet, who came here and made this the greatest country on the face of the planet.”

O’Rourke went on and spoke about the importance of good health care for everyone living in the state as well as giving every child the opportunity of public school education—all leading back to those individuals to be able to give back to the community.

“When you are well enough to finish your education, when you are well enough to go to work, well enough to contribute back to the success of this community, you take your fair share of burden and it’s a little bit lighter to the rest of us. When you are well enough to raise your family, create amazing works of art that are to blow our minds, to make our lives better.”

O’Rourke aims to travel to over 50 cities on his 34-day trip and plans on over 100 town hall meetings to meet with Texans, listen to their concerns and share with them the story of El Paso. Next stop on the road trip is Fort Stockton, Fort Davis, Pecos and Odessa.

“This is a time to celebrate the fact that people chose to come here to this community to start their lives in the United States of America in El Paso, Texas, USA.”

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Congressman Beto O’Rourke begins 34-day trip in his hometown