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Thu May 23, 2019, 03:55 AM

An Iowa town hall shows promise for Beto O'Rourke, as well as challenges ahead

IOWA CITY — As presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke strode onto the stage at a CNN town hall Tuesday night, Teresa Schneider was seated in a college bar next to a claw machine filled with stuffed animals, hopeful that this appearance would mark a turn for the former Texas congressman’s campaign.

Schneider, 54, got involved with O’Rourke’s campaign as soon as it launched in March and has been to three campaign events in Iowa, where she said she found the candidate charming, compassionate and convincing — qualities she hoped more voters would notice by watching the town hall.

“Being from Iowa, we know who he is, because he’s here so much,” said Schneider, who has two children in college. “When you can actually see him and engage with him, you can see his commitment to people. He really listens to what you say and connects with you.”

But that evening’s watch party at Joe’s Place revealed the challenges facing O’Rourke as he seeks to reboot his campaign following an early rise and subsequent fall that were meteoric.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/an-iowa-town-hall-shows-promise-for-beto-orourke-as-well-as-challenges-ahead/2019/05/22/2e069810-7c84-11e9-a5b3-34f3edf1351e_story.html

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