Democrat Beto O'Rourke jumps into 2020 presidential race
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 15, 2019,
Mar 15, 2019, 0:33
Seated next to his wife, Amy, in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, O'Rourke said he would "travel this country" on a listening tour before returning to the border city for a campaign kick-off event on March 30.
He already had planned a visit to Iowa this weekend.
O'Rourke's record in Congress has drawn criticism from some on the left for being too moderate, but he spoke at length about combating climate change and supporting the Green New Deal on Thursday. He also drew heavy interest from showbiz figures during the race and endorsements from figures such as Willie Nelson and Beyoncé, as well as Ellen DeGeneres, who invited him on her show.
O'Rourke, who raked in an eye-popping $80 million in his unsuccessful bid to topple Sen.
Some had encouraged O'Rourke to make another run at the Senate again, challenging Republican Sen.
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O'Rourke called for unity as made one of his first campaign stops in Iowa, saying that any Democrat in the race would be better suited for the nation's top office than Trump. He passed just three bills while in Congress, and a lack of governing experience could hurt, but President Donald Trump's rise suggests that the USA electorate might welcome an outspoken outsider.
The bid comes three and a half months after a narrow loss for Senate in Texas, a campaign that catapulted the 46-year-old, three-term lawmaker from El Paso to national prominence. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, take part in a debate for the Texas US Senate, October 16, 2018, in San Antonio.
"And on moral grounds", he added, "I oppose the death penalty".
FiveThirtyEight reports: 'O'Rourke's national appeal to Democrats might be that he could push progressive boundaries and motivate a minority community without alienating independent white suburban voters. "So if I were to run, I think it's just so important that those who would comprise my team looked like this country".
Even his official announcement video, released today, has the excitement of one of those viral rallies or town hall speeches.