The tweet by Giddens was accompanied by a video of O'Rourke speaking from his home city of El Paso, Texas, wearing a University of Northern Iowa baseball cap and urging UNI students to vote for Giddens.
"People in communities across the country have been reaching out and asking me if I'm planning on running in 2020", read one ad that was still active as of Tuesday afternoon. "It's the exact kind of campaign that America needs right now, and it's why so many of us are hoping that Beto has made a decision to launch a campaign for President of the United States".
Among the other candidates Saturday, California Sen. Ted Cruz. In a separate, post-screening question-and-answer session with reporters the former congressman said that he wanted to make sure the announcement regarding his 2020 plans was done "the right way".
However the trip to Iowa this weekend comes as O'Rourke appears to have lost early ground against his potential Democratic rivals.
A Des Moines Register/CNN Iowa poll released this weekend found that O'Rourke has dropped six percentage points from the first Iowa poll that was released in December.
Norm Sterzenbach, a veteran Iowa Democratic operative, helped produce O'Rourke's video for Giddens, CNN reported.
"Beto O'Rourke has long sold Democrats a bill of goods, pretending to be a liberal superstar while exploiting his father-in-law's connections to climb the political ladder".
O'Rourke is not the only 2020 contender slated to drum up enthusiasm for Giddens, who is running against former GOP state Rep. Walt Rogers.
Beto O'Rourke is making his first trip to Iowa of the 2020 campaign, visiting the state that kicks off presidential voting amid intense speculation that he'll enter the race for the White House.
A few weeks after that interview O'Rourke led a counter-rally during President Donald Trump's visit to El Paso, an enticing split-screen that provided him with a platform to directly take on Trump in his hometown.
He will also travel to eastern Iowa beginning Thursday with a meet-and-greet event in Burlington, Democratic sources in the state said.
On Facebook, O'Rourke's page - which had not paid for any advertisement since his failed bid to unseat Republican Sen.
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