Democrat Beto O'Rourke Jumps Into 2020 US Presidential Race

Leroy Wright
March 16, 2019

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke said according to the station.

While he narrowly lost his U.S. Senate race to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz previous 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.

O'Rourke made his first campaign stop in Keokuk, Iowa, to answer questions from some of the state's more rural population.

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

O'Rourke has three days of campaign events in Iowa planned and has promised to travel the country listening to would-be voters.

Unlike other presidential candidates who had mulled White House bids for months or even years before announcing their campaigns, O'Rourke only began being floated as a possible presidential contender after losing his Senate race against Cruz in November.

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The American and worldwide media jump up every time he makes a move and, unlike fellow Democratic candidates with far more experience, he was granted a cover interview with Vanity Fair and is...

Party liberals have zeroed in on O'Rourke's refusal while in the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor legislation providing "Medicare-for-all" and free college tuition, although during his Senate campaign O'Rourke promoted the idea of universal healthcare. "I don't see how we're able to meet any of the fundamental challenges that we have as a country without, in part, harnessing the power of the market", O'Rourke said.

"But hours into his run for president, O'Rourke's campaign website is still bereft of the customary policy positions that are frequently seen on candidates" websites.

While O'Rourke's announcement was welcomed by a lot of politicians - he quickly picked up an endorsement from former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley - there was at least one politician who wasn't so sure about what to make of the former congressman: President Donald Trump. "I think I'd be good at it".

O'Rourke was first elected to Congress in 2012, upsetting eight-term Rep. Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary.

'You can probably tell that I want to run, ' he says.

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