Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Democrat ORourke announces 2020 presidential bid

Democrat ORourke announces 2020 presidential bid

O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman who came close to defeating Ted Cruz in last year's Senate race, confirmed his plans in a text message to the station. In January, he told reporters that a2020 announcement could be months away, but positioned himself as a serious Trump challenger in El Paso weeks later when helead a counter demonstrationagainst the president's anti-immigration-focused campaign rally in the city.

El Paso, where two Central American migrant children died in December while trying to enter the United States, has been the frontline in a partisan fight over how border security should be tackled. But the Spanish-speaking, 46-year-old former punk rocker used grassroots organizing and social media savvy to mobilize young voters and minorities and get within 3 percentage points of winning in the nation's largest red state.

Beto O'Rourke will announce on Thursday that he is running for president in 2020, according to El Paso TV station KTSM-TV.

Beto O'Rourke has announced his bid for next year's USA presidential election, CNN reported on Thursday.

Beto on rural broadband: "They can't go to Tinder and find a date tonight to find that special person who's going to make the difference in their lives". "Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us".

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us", O'Rourke said seated alongside his wife Amy. The Texan politician also said that he seeks to "unite a very divided country".

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, O'Rourke said he was "just born to be in" the presidential race.

O' Rourke heads to Iowa amid some signs his popularity there has waned in the past several weeks, as he has publicly deliberated about a run while more than a dozen Democrats leapt into the race.

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