Beto O’Rourke to Announce 2020 Presidential Bid

Leroy Wright
March 17, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is not in favor of traditional reparations for African-Americans for the legacy of slavery but says it is important to confront the truth about how black people have been treated in the U.S.

"I think that competition is good in our party", the senator from Minnesota said, telling Harlow that former President Barack Obama has been telling 2020 candidates that he believes the more the merrier in the nomination fight.

O'Rourke said he'll be embarking on a listening tour over the coming weeks, before officially kicking off his campaign on March 30 in El Paso.

At a house party in Muscatine, Iowa, on Thursday night, O'Rourke said the United States needs to recognize that systematic racism exists in the country.

"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 said at the end of the video.

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"I think that John Cornyn is happy no one of Beto's status is going to run against him".

US President Donald Trump travelled to the town on February 11 to justify his claim that there is a crisis on the US-Mexico border and to pitch for his promised border wall.

O'Rourke's campaign did not reply to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment. Armando Martinez, D-Weslaco, Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, Sergio Munoz Jr., D-Palmview, Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; and Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez.

WASHINGTON - Beto O'Rourke, the youthful Texan who gained a national following with his long-shot election battle against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz a year ago, told a Texas TV station on Wednesday he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. National Democrats were attracted to O'Rourke's record-breaking $80 million raised during his campaign, compared to Cruz's $37 million, also a record. Strong fundraising and high-profile media coverage propelled O'Rourke to within three points of Cruz, an unprecedented finish for a Democrat in a state-wide Texas race. Is this the right thing for the country? "And, of course, he's someone that comes, like I do, from the center of the country".

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