Beto O'Rourke Is Running for President

Beto O'Rourke Is Running for President

US President Donald Trump travelled to the town on February 11 to justify his claim that there is a crisis on the US-Mexico border and to pitch for his promised border wall.

Asked about climate change specifically, O'Rourke rallied would-be supporters behind his call for a dramatic and admittedly costly approach to combatting climate change, enthusiastically endorsing the green new deal resolution and praising the progressive freshman Democrats who have pushed the proposal.

The former Texas congressman said at a campaign event in Iowa Thursday that as marijuana use has increased, tobacco use has "plummeted" in the last 40 years as it has been treated as a public health issue and marketed as "not cool". "I think I'd be good at it".

He added: "You can probably tell that I want to run. I do".

They include several USA senators: Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and the leader among the current candidates, liberal powerhouse Bernie Sanders.

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O'Rourke inched closer to a run in a Vanity Fair cover story released earlier Wednesday. But the Spanish-speaking, 46-year-old former punk rocker used grassroots organizing and social media savvy to mobilize young voters and minorities and get within 3 percentage points of winning in the nation's largest red state.

Several of El Paso's richest business moguls donated to and raised money for O'Rourke's city council campaigns, drawn to his support for a plan to redevelop El Paso's poorer neighborhoods, the Post reported.

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".

She said, "He's not too far left, as some people are, and I think he could appeal to a lot of voters".

But Republicans are also piling on.

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