Beto O'Rourke 2020

Beto O'Rourke 2020

Seated next to his wife, O'Rourke said, "Amy and I are happy to share with you that I'm running to serve you as the next president of the United States of America".

O'Rourke, a former congressman who lost a Texas Senate seat to incumbent Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections, confirmed his run in a text to NBC affiliate station KTSM.

Speculation about his announcement has been rampant since Vanity Fair posted an image of him on the cover of its April issue.

O'Rourke has promised to travel the country listening to voters, then will return to El Paso, on the border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on March 30 for an official campaign kickoff. Speaking on his astounding success in Texas, he said that while many doubted he could run a successful campaign, "I knew that with enough work and enough creativity and enough wonderful people, if I'm able to meet them and bring them in, then we can do it".

O'Rourke's entrance into the presidential race is the culmination of calls for him to explore a bid for national office that began after his closer-than-expected finish in the 2018 Senate campaign. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat who is also running for president.

When President Trump held a rally in the city, which already has portions of fencing, O'Rourke held a counter-rally.

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'I want to be in it, ' he adds.

The Iowa trip will be the first test of whether O'Rourke can take the pop-star appeal he showed in Texas previous year to the national stage. 'I do. I think I'd be good at it'.

On the one hand, O'Rourke was an exciting figure in last year's primary season.

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. Early on Thursday morning, he released a video announcing his candidacy.

O'Rourke's home-state appeal may not prove to be enough to make Texas competitive, however, as the Democrats try to deny President Donald Trump a second term.

"Beto O'Rourke is one of the great examples of the left talking itself into hysteria", Gingrich said. "It's probably not the most professional thing you've ever heard about this, but I just feel it".

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