Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 presidential run

Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 presidential run

Beto O'Rourke told local news outlet KTSM Wednesday that he is running for president, and he will formally announce on Thursday.

"I'm not big on labels", O'Rourke told reporters in December when asked whether he could be considered a progressive. "This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us". He outlined challenges facing the United States, from immigration to climate change, saying, "The foundational challenge to get all of this done, is to fix our democracy". "They are browner and blacker than most of America".

The El Paso Democrat's entrance into the race adds a rising political star to the increasingly crowded field of Democratic hopefuls. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), among others, in seeking the party's 2020 presidential nomination.

While he narrowly lost his U.S. Senate race to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz past year, O'Rourke managed to build a nationwide following with his unconventional, optimistic style combined with a populist message that brought in nearly US$80 million in primarily small donations.

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O'Rourke, 47, served three terms in Congress representing a region of West Texas along the US border with Mexico.

While he ultimately lost to Cruz in November, O'Rourke managed to come within less than 3 points of a win in Texas, a state with a reputation as a Republican stronghold.

"This moment of peril produces, perhaps, the greatest moment of promise for this country", he said in the video which was posted on the El Paso Times website.

Beyond a previously announced event in Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday, O'Rourke is expected to visit other towns in eastern Iowa, traditionally a Democratic stronghold, Politico said.

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