Beto O'Rourke Enters 2020 Presidential Race

Cheryl Sanders
March 15, 2019

The former Texas congressman sent a text message to TV station KTSM on Wednesday afternoon confirming the news that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination. According to the latest edition of Vanity Fair, Mr O'Rourke said: "You can probably tell that I want to run. I do".

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

O'Rourke enters the race with the presumed ability to raise huge sums online from small donors, as he did during his Senate run.


US Democrat Beto O'Rourke has said that he is running for president in 2020.

But O'Rourke is far from a front-runner just yet - with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a White House bid, leading polls.

He already had planned a visit to Iowa this weekend.


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

"The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and to give it for all of us", O'Rourke, 46, said in a video release.

His statement continued: "Beto O'Rourke failed to get anything done in Congress, and with extreme policies like government-run health care and tearing down border barriers, his 2020 bid won't be successful either". "I don't see how we're able to meet any of the fundamental challenges that we have as a country without, in part, harnessing the power of the market".


Trump, who became known for slapping derisive nicknames onto opponents during the 2016 campaign, focused on O'Rourke's hands on Thursday when asked about O'Rourke's campaign announcement.

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