Beto O'Rourke announces run for U.S. presidency

Cheryl Sanders
March 17, 2019

The former USA representative, who lost to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in Texas' 2018 Senate race, released a video announcing his candidacy hours before starting a three-day tour across Iowa.

The campaign for Warren welcomed O'Rourke to the race but told supporters they needed to get on-board with her officially, with the field so large.

But Vela, who said he donated $2,000 to O'Rourke on Thursday, stopped short of endorsing O'Rourke or any other candidate, at least for now.

Donald Trump reacted to news that former Rep.

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 past year, drawing enthusiastic crowds and $80 million in campaign donations.

Beto O'Rourke has announced his bid for next year's United States presidential election, CNN reported on Thursday.

O'Rourke's long awaited entrance makes the Texas Democrat who lost his Senate race to Sen.

O'Rourke enters the race with the presumed ability to raise huge sums online from small donors, as he did during his Senate run. In an encouraging sign, however, a third of respondents said they did not know enough about him to have an opinion.

"I think it's significant that we have someone from the border running for president", Vela said.

Of late, O'Rourke has tried to distance himself from some left-leaning candidates, such as Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, whom Trump has derided as "socialists". Ted Cruz, but Martinez said the Castro campaign asked and he said yes, and it was unclear at the time if O'Rourke was going to run.

O'Rourke is holding a Texas kickoff of his presidential campaign March 30 in El Paso.

Meanwhile, a source tied to O'Rourke's campaign confirmed to Reuters that the ex-congressman would be running.

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