Teenager Asks Beto O'Rourke to Prom, His Counteroffer Is Straight Political

Beto O'Rourke, one of many Democratic hopefuls in the crowded field of 2020 presidential candidates, was asked a question from a 17-year-old in Sioux City, Iowa, on Thursday, for which he might not have been prepared.

"It's OK if you say no, but will you go to prom with me?" Claire Campbell asked, according to the The Des Moines Register. Campbell was also holding a sign with gold letters on black cardboard—the color of the Iowa Hawkeyes—that displayed her question, which had been seen beforehand by O'Rourke's staff.

Quite the polished politician and quick-thinker on his feet, the former Texas congressman told Campbell that he never went to prom, nor had he ever been asked. He responded with a counteroffer.

"As someone who did not go to prom because no one asked me, I'm really touched," O'Rourke answered. "This means more to me than you know.

"But somebody told me about your sign, so we came up with a counter-proposal."

O'Rourke then held up a sign of his own, according to The Register. It read, "Will you caucus for me?"

The Des Moines Register asked Campbell after the campaign event if she was disappointed by O'Rourke's response, and she was, "because, like, I need a prom date. But his counter offer was pretty good."

O'Rourke, however, lost Campbell's help in at least one potential caucus, as Campbell reportedly lives in South Dakota, which means she can't participate in the Iowa caucuses.

The teenager's request for O'Rourke to be her prom date came on the heels of accusations against former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriate touching. Biden is currently leading in most Democratic presidential polls, despite the fact that he has yet to declare he's running.

The 2020 presidential race is in full swing for the Democrats, who have a growing field, which includes Senators Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; possibly Biden; and O'Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso who lost a close Senate race against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz last fall.