Beto's Running :: Politics :: News :: Beto O'Rourke

16 March, 2019, 00:25 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Beto O' Rourke has announced that he is running for president in 2020.

O'Rourke, who has traded on his charisma to sprint up the political ladder, enters a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls with a proven ability to raise money from donors online and a willingness to campaign relentlessly.

Trump took questions from the Oval Office during his meeting with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, and he was asked for his thoughts on O'Rourke's campaign announcement.

"The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and to give it for all of us", O'Rourke, 46, said in a video release.

"We can free ourselves from the distinction of being the country that imprisons more of its fellow citizens than any other country on the face of the planet", O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke, 47, served three terms in Congress representing a region of West Texas along the US border with Mexico. He rose to superstardom within the Democratic Party in 2018, raising $80 million and building a national following during his close loss to Republican Sen.

On Twitter, the Washington Post's Jenna Johnson pointed out that O'Rourke does not yet have policy positions listed on his official campaign website.


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

The decision will put O'Rourke among the second-tier of candidates; he's polling in sixth, wedged between Sens.

His track record during six years in the US House of Representatives is thin. "It's a big part of why I'm running".

Confirming his run to Texan TV outlet KTSM, Mr O'Rourke said: "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents".

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.

Also teasing at a 2020 presidential campaign is former Vice President Joe Biden, who met with former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Thursday.

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