Beto O'Rourke Enters 2020 Presidential Race

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

He wrote: "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents".

One would think not, but on same day that former Congressman Beto O'Rourke publicly announced his plans to run for president, the country's current president boldly tweeted "VETO!" Hmm.

Mr O'Rourke was little-known outside his hometown of El Paso until he challenged Republican Senator Ted Cruz previous year.

He already had planned a visit to Iowa this weekend.

The trip will serve as the first test of whether O'Rourke can carry to the national political stage the pop-star appeal he showed in Texas a year ago, drawing enthusiastic crowds and $80 million in campaign donations.

O'Rourke, a 46-year-old former three-term USA representative from West Texas, made the announcement online.

Early opinion polls on the 2020 race have consistently ranked O'Rourke in the top tier of contenders, behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet said whether he is running, and US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont - a 2016 presidential contender who announced his 2020 candidacy last month.

His initial challenge in the Democratic presidential race will be to distinguish himself from candidates sharing his positions on key progressive issues, such as universal health care and refusing donations from corporate political action committees. O'Rourke accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants. "It's a big part of why I'm running".

In 2018 speculation began that Mr O'Rourke may decide to run after his campaign for the US Senate proved his worth.

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