Beto O'Rourke confirms United States presidential run

Beto O'Rourke confirms United States presidential run

Beto O'Rourke confirms United States presidential run

Democrat Beto O'Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he's running for president in 2020.

Earlier Thursday, O'Rourke announced his candidacy for President of the United States in a video message.

Ticking off a list of crises that threaten the country, including inequality, lack of health care and the environmental problems posed by climate change, O'Rourke said it's time to make a stand.

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us". We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth.

His national profile grew in August, when NowThis published a video of him answering a question about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem with an off-the-cuff riff about the civil rights movement as he defended players for making their case "nonviolently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching".

That's how he approached the Texas Senate race that made him a national star and paved the way for the biggest challenge of his career.

O'Rourke is heading to Iowa for several campaign events, including a stop at Northern Iowa University to stump for Eric Giddens, who is running for a special election for a state senate seat. The son of a powerful El Paso, Texas politician, O'Rourke won election to the El Paso City Council in 2005 and served there until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

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And he was the only presidential prospect interviewed in February by Oprah Winfrey, who appeared genuinely excited about the prospect of an O'Rourke White House run.

He took a well-publicized road trip across the American Southwest, stopping at colleges and diners.

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

O'Rourke has an influential social media presence and demonstrated a grassroots fundraising prowess in his unsuccessful Senate bid, raising a whopping $80 million. He's also planning a campaign rally in El Paso on March 30.

Meanwhile, Gingrich compared O'Rourke, the former representative from Texas who almost defeated Sen.

Last month the former congressman from El Paso said he would "absolutely" support tearing down existing barriers along the southern border with Mexico. "I just, uh, one more, one more, one more gets in the race".

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.

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