Beto O'Rourke will seek 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

15 March, 2019, 16:11 | Author: Myra Gill
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Beto O'Rourke launched a run on Thursday for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, hoping his message and the fame gained from his unsuccessful election challenge against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in Texas past year set him apart from a diverse field.

Trump told reporters Thursday in the Oval Office that O'Rourke, who just announced that he's running for president, uses his hands so much that it might indicate he's "crazy".

O'Rourke planned to follow his announcement with a trip to Iowa, the state that will hold the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020.

O'Rourke, a 46-year-old former three-term United States representative from West Texas, made the announcement online.

The trip will serve as the first test of whether O'Rourke can carry to the national political stage the pop-star appeal he showed in Texas a year ago, drawing enthusiastic crowds and $80 million in campaign donations. "It's a big part of why I'm running".

O'Rourke, whose given name is Robert Francis, acquired his nickname while growing up in El Paso, Texas.


Greeted by cheers when he arrived early Thursday at an event in Keokuk, Iowa, O'Rourke told the crowd it was his first visit ever to their state. "The challenges we face right now, the interconnected crises in our democracy, and our climate have never been greater".

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us", O'Rourke said seated alongside his wife Amy.

With his presidential effort, O'Rourke is hoping to leverage the fame he gained with his Senate race. He said he "would not prejudge the outcome of that trial, ' adding:;All I am saying is, there's enough there'".

In 2018 speculation began that Mr O'Rourke may decide to run after his campaign for the US Senate proved his worth.

These include 2016 election hopeful Bernie Sanders as well as Californian senator Kamala Harris.

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