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O'Rourke Took Bipartisan Roadtrip

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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke served in the U.S. House from 2013 to 2019.

River to River's "Home State View" series helps us understand how the presidential candidates are viewed as leaders in the states they call home. Host Ben Kieffer interviews journalists who have spent years covering the candidates. We get the little-known details about each hopeful's history. Click the "play" button to listen.

Host Ben Kieffer talks with senior reporter for KUT News Ashley Lopez about presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke's political start and his three terms in Congress. She discusses how O'Rourke followed in his father's footsteps by working his way up through El Paso politics and how he leaned into bipartisanship in Congress, even taking a road trip with Republican Rep. Will Hurd during the 2017 government shutdown. As a result, Lopez says, he sometimes drew criticism in his deeply blue district for not being liberal enough.