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Beto O'Rourke kicks off 2020 bid in Iowa – in a voter's living room

Here was former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, America’s newest presidential candidate, in Naber’s living room, and the retired teacher wasn’t sure what to make of it.

Naber was only told on Tuesday that O’Rourke was going to turn up at his comfortable but not expansive house close to the centre of Muscatine, a small Iowa city on the Mississippi River famous, a least within its own borders, as the “pearl button capital of the world”.


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