Beto O'Rourke confirms United States presidential run

MOUNT PLEASANT IOWA- MARCH 15 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke talks with voters during his second day of campaigning for the 2020 nomination at Central Park Coffee Company

He also recalled a discussion with former President Barack Obama, who O'Rourke said had asked him if he saw a path to victory and if there was something he could provide the country "uniquely". 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.

His long-shot bid drew widespread media attention and excited voters in a party desperate for fresh political faces.

His entrance into the race is the culmination of his two-year, out-of-nowhere rise from a back-bench congressman largely unknown outside El Paso to Democratic stardom as a record-breaking fundraiser, the subject of an HBO documentary and the target of two separate efforts to draft him into the presidential campaign.

Following months of speculation, Beto O'Rourke, the former Democratic congressman from Texas who emerged as something of a national phenomenon in his losing bid against Sen.

Since his Senate bid ended, O'Rourke has worked to keep himself in the public eye, regularly staying in touch with his supporters and sitting for an interview with Oprah Winfrey. He visited with students in the key swing state of Wisconsin.

While running for Senate, he offered an unapologetically liberal vision, supporting Trump's impeachment, universal health care, gun control, marijuana decriminalization, steep federal subsidies for prekindergarten education and relaxed immigration policies.

The Texas Democrat's "March for Truth" event in El Paso marked O'Rourke's first foray onto the national stage since his Senate loss.

O'Rourke begins a three-day Iowa trip on Thursday. "No PACs." - a position he took during his Senate run.

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Building a national presidential operation, however, is a different matter.

These include 2016 election hopeful Bernie Sanders as well as Californian senator Kamala Harris.

O'Rourke's impressive campaign apparatus - which comprised hundreds of staff and volunteers across the state - eventually led to an impressive showing on election night.

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".

"I thought, there is a certain ego illusion here that the planet had the magic moment and Beto O'Rourke showed up".

He addressed President Donald Trump, too, although not in name, stating that we may soon have Democracy "in name only".

But note that she was one of the sixteen or seventeen House Democrats who signed that letter to prevent Nancy Pelosi from becoming Speaker, one of the leaders of that revolt that ended up fizzling out.

US Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, left, and US Sen.

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