Beto O'Rourke, 46, is a former U.S. representative from Texas who visited Dubuque March 16. At the packed event, he talked health care, suggesting lawmakers find a way to expand Medicaid or support options to buy into public care programs. He also noted that both Democrats and Republicans agree that health care costs — particularly for prescriptions — are prohibitively high.
In a campaign video, O'Rourke discussed "investing in the dignity of work," establishing universal healthcare, and combating climate change. He also said, "If immigration is a problem, it's the best possible problem for this country to have and we should ensure that there are lawful paths to work, to be with family, and to flee persecution."
O'Rourke served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in 2018. O'Rourke previously served on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011.