The Latest: O'Rourke sticks with coffee on St. Patrick's Day

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke high-fives Mitchell Murphy, 12, while he speaks at an event at the home of Dubuque County Recorder John Murphy in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP)

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told hundreds of supporters who gathered Sunday to see him at a Madison, Wisconsin, coffee shop that it would have been justified for a person named O'Rourke to have a pint of beer on St. Patrick's Day. But he says he stuck with coffee for a morning meeting with Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan before the campaign stop.

About 200 people packed into the coffee shop to see O'Rourke, his second Wisconsin stop in a month. Another 200 people were on the sidewalk outside.

O'Rourke came in wearing a St. Patrick's Day necklace with a green cabbage on it. He handed that off to the college student who introduced him.


10 a.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke plans to drive a Dodge Caravan he began using in Iowa through the Midwest and on to New Hampshire.

His campaign announced on Sunday that O'Rourke will follow two Sunday stops in Wisconsin with visits to Michigan and Ohio on Monday. He eventually plans to hit Pennsylvania, and then drive to New Hampshire, home of the nation's first presidential primary.

A former congressman, O'Rourke visited all 254 Texas counties while nearly upsetting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November. He frequently drove himself between events, often with livestream cameras rolling.

The driving road trip likely can't last forever. Organizers say O'Rourke will visit South Carolina next weekend and he plans to be in his native El Paso, Texas, for an official campaign kickoff on March 30.


9:40 a.m.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar) is jabbing at fellow Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke for saying he was "just born to be in" in the White House race.

Minnesotan says that "growing up in the '70s, in the middle of the country, I don't think many people thought a girl could be president. I wasn't born to run. But I am running."

Klobuchar tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that it was "probably more when I got to college" that she thought she might run for president one day.

She says "It's something that's happened over time, as I've realized I can do things."

Asked whether she feels "born to do this," she says: "Oh, that's the Beto line."

He made the comment in a Vanity Fair interview.


8 a.m.

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says he's met a fundraising threshold to participate in this summer's debates.

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor said says he's received contributions from more than 65,000 individual donors.

The Democratic National Committee said last month up to 20 candidates can qualify for the debates by collecting donations from at least 65,000 individuals, with at least 200 unique donors in at least 20 states. They also can qualify by reaching 1 percent support in at least three national or early primary state polls.

In an email to supporters Buttigieg says "we weren't even close" to 65,000 donors when the DNC announced the requirement. The 37-year-old veteran says more than 76,000 people have now donated.

The debates will be held in June and July.


6 a.m.

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) has spent more than a month traveling around the country to gauge support for a 2020 presidential campaign, and the New York senator says she's now in the race.

Gillibrand is joining the dozen-plus contenders, saying in a campaign video that the nation needs "a leader who makes big, bold, brave choices. Someone who isn't afraid of progress. That's why I'm running for president."

She says her debut speech as a candidate will come next Sunday in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York.

Gillibrand has been one of the most forceful critics of the Trump administration. Using the backdrop of one of President Donald Trump's marquee properties is the latest example of that.