Beto O'Rourke Makes Short Pump Stop

Becomes First Presidential Candidate For 2020 To Swing Through

April 16, 2019 - 8:05 pm

Short Pump, Va. ( - Despite the Virginia primary not being until March, Virginia received its first visit from a Presidential candidate on Tuesday.  Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke (D) swung through Hampton Roads and Williamsburg, before greeting a decent crowd at the Short Pump Hilton.

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

The speech was, in many ways, an early primiary speech.  O'Rourke introduced himself to voters, laying out his positions on gun control, the minimum wage, and immigration.  The Democratic candidate reminding attendees that he was speaking on the 12th Anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre, and that he believes Virginia should have universal background checks on firearms purchases.  O'Rourke also argued that for the price of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, the U.S. could invest in Central America and improve those countries.

O'Rourke has campaign events Wednesday in northern Virginia.  South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to appear in Richmond in June.