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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke to visit Kansas City

Posted at 12:29 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 09:17:15-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beto O’Rourke will make his first trip to Missouri as a Democratic presidential candidate on Tuesday with a visit to Kansas City.

O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman who shot into the national spotlight during his failed U.S. Senate run against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, will take a tour of the Veterans Community Project Village, a community of transitional tiny homes and services for homeless veterans.

Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who recently joined Veterans Community Project to lead its national expansion, will join O’Rourke on the tour.

O’Rourke suspended his presidential campaign for nearly two weeks after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart in his hometown of El Paso.

He has vowed to travel the country to highlight stories of people he believes have been most hurt by President Donald Trump’s policies.

Pete Buttigieg, another Democratic presidential hopeful, toured the Kansas City-based Veterans Community Project in July.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.