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Wed May 22, 2019, 03:18 AM

Six takeaways from Beto O'Rourke's CNN town hall

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)Beto O'Rourke has taken questions from the crowds at nearly all of his more than 150 events as a presidential candidate -- and in his CNN town hall Tuesday night, it showed.

The former Texas congressman spent the first two months of his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination collecting details and anecdotes along the campaign trail, often writing them down in a notebook. He's now using those stories to underscore the human impact of the policies of President Donald Trump, at which he is taking aim.

Here are six takeaways from O'Rourke's CNN town hall:

1. Blaming Trump for rise in hate crimes

O'Rourke's habit of punctuating his message with examples he's heard on the trail -- with details of who told him and where -- was on display when he recalled a girl who'd wondered whether, as an immigrant, she had a place in the United States. He said a Muslim family heard him relay that story in Houston and told him they'd been asked by their young daughter whether they were in the wrong country.

He turned that into a stinging rebuke of Trump, citing the President's attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat who is Muslim, and his comments after white supremacists' violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/22/politics/beto-orourke-town-hall-takeaways/

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