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Beto O’Rourke coming to Tampa for veterans event Monday

The Texan and presidential candidate makes his first visit to the Tampa Bay area as a presidential candidate
Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during a forum on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during a forum on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Published Jun. 22, 2019

Beto O’Rourke is bringing his presidential campaign to Tampa on Monday.

The former Texas congressman will hold a roundtable at 10 a.m. with veterans and military family members at Brew Bus Brewing in Seminole Heights. It is O’Rourke’s first visit to the Tampa Bay area as a presidential candidate.

Florida has one of the largest veteran populations in the country and Hillsborough County, home to MacDill Air Force Base, is home to a high concentration of military families. The conditions of base housing have been a reoccurring problem for MacDill families and was recently the subject of a congressional hearing.

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On his campaign website, O’Rourke said returning servicemen should be guaranteed “their PTSD treated, a roof over the head of every homeless vet, an investment in the treatments and conditions unique to combat and service.”

O’Rourke is one of 20 Democrats flocking to Miami next week for the first debates, to be held Wednesday and Thursday. He joined the race in March after an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate in Texas that captured the allure of Democrats nationwide.

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