Beto O'Rourke Announces His Run For President In 2020

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Beto O'Rourke, the affable former congressman who rose to political stardom past year when he almost ousted a Republican senator in traditionally conservative Texas, reportedly said Wednesday he is running for president.

O'Rourke didn't just focus his campaigning on urban and suburban areas typically rich with Democratic voters - he traveled to all 254 Texas counties, committing to visit even the reddest, most rural places.

Another plus for O'Rourke is his fundraising prowess: In 2018, O'Rourke raised around $80 million for his Senate campaign, $37 million of which came from donations of $200 or less. But he has not clearly defined himself in terms of what he actually believes or where his ideology will fit among a group of candidates who range from progressive to more moderate. "Still, there's a lot in O'Rourke's record we're wary of, most notably his comment during a Senate debate a year ago that it's a false choice between fossil fuels and renewable energy".

O'Rourke, a former three-term USA congressman and a punk rocker in his youth, pledged to tackle "the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate".

O'Rourke joins a crowded field of Democrats who want to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 vote.

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Some had encouraged O'Rourke to make another run at the Senate again, challenging Republican Sen.

Jokes and criticism aside, O'Rourke is very serious about his presidential campaign.

"Well, I think he's got a lot of hand movement". "That's part of the problem, and I'm a white man".

Robert "Beto" O'Rourke announced he is running for president early Thursday morning. Seated on a couch next to his wife, O'Rourke announced, "Amy and I are happy to share with you that I am running to serve you as the next president of the United States of America".

Trump, who became known for slapping derisive nicknames onto opponents during the 2016 campaign, focused on O'Rourke's hands on Thursday when asked about O'Rourke's campaign announcement.

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