DES MOINES, Iowa – Beto O & Rourke has held more than 150 city halls since announcing his presidential campaign.  On Tuesday it showed.
History continues below.
O Rourke appeared on CNN for the first televised town hall of his campaign and enlivened an audience at Drake University with a presence that He has practiced for two months, sometimes in front of hundreds of followers, sometimes only a few.
Although he has collapsed in polls, his appearance served as a reminder of wh y O'Rourke was able to motivate the Democrats in his near annoyance over Senator Ted Cruz last year. He has an unusual stage mastery – and an increasingly precise political platform.
For 70 minutes, O Rourke interacted with the voters and projected the same diverse ideological profile that enabled him to address both moderate and progressive Democrats and challenged critics from across the political spectrum.
As before, he demanded the legalization of marijuana and the deletion of records of people arrested for possession. He said he would impose an abortion litmus test on judicial candidates to ensure that "every candidate for every Bundesbank, including the Supreme Court, upheld the 1973 decision . Wade understands and believes the law of the land.
But O Rourke has stopped efforts to boycott spending in states that adopt restrictive abortion measures, claiming that his "alternative solution" is to encourage more women to run for office " to change the "composition of these state legislatures.
He demanded universal background checks for people who buy weapons and a ban on the sale of "weapons of war". He did, however, avoid a question if he supported Sen. Cory Booker's request for licenses for all gun owners with the words, "I think that's something we need to look out for."
"We should have a full hearing on it, and if it makes sense for the American public, let us continue."
But it was Trump, more than any other rival Democrat O Rourke took on Tuesday, to imagine him as a credible challenger. He called on the Democrats to initiate impeachment proceedings against the President. And when O Rourke was asked if prosecution could help Trump consolidate his base – a concern of many Democrats – he said, "I understand the political implications of it."
"But I think so "This moment calls us to think outside the box, politics, elections and even the next election," he said. "It is the sanctity of the ballot box and the future of the world's largest democracy, and if this is important to us, and I think it is, then beyond these short-term consequences, we must look to the consequences for the future of this country . "
He said," It is the only way that we will come to the facts necessary for this accountability and justice. "
It was fitting that O Rourke tried his Presidency campaign in a city hall moderated by CNN chief correspondent Dana Bash, and also hosted the CNN City Hall last year, in which O'Rourke, then a Senate candidate in Texas, insisted that he had no plans to run for president, even if his Senate appearance failed In the seven months after changed O? Rourke his opinion, immediately became the frontrunner, fell in öff returned opinion polls and finally tried – sitting next to Bash on Tuesday – to restart his campaign.
Prior to the debate, O 'Rourke insisted that he was not worried about polls or the possibility that he might compete for support with Democratic leader Joe Biden or South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg.
"In terms of assessment, who the hell knows? far from the first rallies or elections, "O Rourke told reporters Tuesday. "There's so much time, so many people you can meet, so many ups and downs that every single candidate will experience, so I'm not really worried about that."
Bash and the audience at Drake University were largely accommodating, focused heavily on politics, and allowed O 'Rourke to ask his own questioners the kind of follow-up questions he often posed in smaller venues.
The night, however, started with a joke.
"Nice haircut," Bash said as O "Rourke came on stage, a clue to O'Rourke's livestream, which came from a recent visit to his barbershop in El Paso, Texas." Well, if you can to the White House, what else will you broadcast live? "
O & Rourke's intention was to present his hometown and immigrant hairdresser -" to tell American history. "
" This is a la nd immigrants and asylum seekers and refugees from around the world, "he said. "Nothing to be afraid of, everything to celebrate."
The crowd regularly applauded O Rourke, and at the end of the town hall O Rourke wanted more. He invited supporters to go to his website to "ask me any question you want, and I'll do my best to answer each one of those questions."
"This accountability makes me a better candidate and I hope to be a better president for you and others."
The CNN City Hall has become a fixture of the 2020 campaign and offers candidates a national platform for the first democratic primary debate next month. It is seen as significant in presidential campaigns not only for the viewers, but also for the moments of videos taken on a presidential-like stage, that a candidate can repackage for use in social media and fundraising.
O & Rourke Already before his arrival in Des Moines, he raised money to encourage fans to help him reach a target of 25,000 new donations by the end of the month. O & Rourke, who had raised $ 9.4 million in the first quarter of the year, declined to update his latest fundraiser in front of City Hall.
The former Texas congressman said he prepared for the event by considering some of the issues that will arise. "
The answers O Rourke gave were largely similar to those he shared earlier. And it might be unclear for a few days how significant its utility will be.
His election campaign, however, was enthusiastic.
"THAT is the @betoorourke voters have seen at 154 and counting the town halls in this election campaign; and many more in Texas: listening, thoughtful, detailed, and focused on bringing people together, "said campaign director Jen O'Malley Dillon on Twitter. "So glad that America can convince herself this evening."