Beto O'Rourke Announces His Run For President In 2020

Beto O'Rourke Announces His Run For President In 2020

Beto O'Rourke Announces His Run For President In 2020

The former Texas congressman announced his White House run Thursday morning and stopped later in a coffeeshop in Keokuk (KEE'-uh-kuhk), Iowa.

He released an announcement video from El Paso, in which he sits on a couch and addresses the camera, linking arms with his wife, Amy.

"The challenges that we face right now - the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate, have never been greater", O'Rourke said. "In other words, this moment of peril produces, perhaps, the greatest moment of promise for this country and everyone inside of it". His social media presence and enormous fundraising power lifted him from a little-known three-term congressman to a Democratic rockstar with a following that stretched well beyond Texas. At the end of the month, on March 30, O'Rourke plans to return to El Paso to kick off his campaign.

Ending his announcement video in momentous terms, O'Rourke said, "We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth".

"Most importantly, he'll build a movement that will rise above the toxic division in our politics and unite this country", she added.

If elected to the White House, O'Rourke would be the second president to have graduated from Columbia College. Ted Cruz past year.

In the article, O'Rourke did not outright say he is running, be he said things like "I want to run".

The addition of O'Rourke makes a crowded Democratic field even more crowded, and it will be fascinating to see if he can find a constituency, and where it will come from. But he harnessed growing nationwide popularity to rake in $80-plus million in donations, including a staggering $38 million from July to September 2018 alone. For example, Trump branded Senator Cruz as "Lyin' Ted", Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as "Little Marco", former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) as "low energy", twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as "Crooked Hillary", Senator Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas", and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as "Crazy Bernie". He has the potential to tap into various constituencies and, as the El Paso rally demonstrated, a willingness to take on the president.

As his campaign takes shape, O'Rourke has to put the focus of his White House bid on the American people, not his own ambition. "It's just how I think, how I find the next step".

President Donald Trump has thrown his first shot against newly announced 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke-and it was about his hands.

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