Beto O'Rourke will seek 2020 Democratic presidential nomination
- Author: Joey Payne Mar 16, 2019,
Mar 16, 2019, 0:28
Beto O'Rourke, the affable former congressman who rose to political stardom previous year when he almost ousted a Republican senator in traditionally conservative Texas, reportedly said Wednesday he is running for president.
"I have nothing to say to that. So if I were to run, I think it's just so important that those who would comprise my team looked like this country".
Jokes and criticism aside, O'Rourke is very serious about his presidential campaign.
"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", the former congressman and Senate candidate texted the station. He promised to offer the kind of bipartisan, optimistic vision for the future that helped him almost upset Republican Sen. Ted Cruz past year, but his political ideology has been a topic of debate, with some describing him as "far-left" and others framing his campaign as "centrist". "I think people want us to rise above the pettiness, the smallness", O'Rourke told CNN at a later Thursday campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa.
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.
Beto O'Rourke followed his announcement by launching a three-day visit to Iowa.
O'Rourke enters the race with the presumed ability to raise huge sums online from small donors, as he did during his Senate run. After months of teasing a bid, he's finally, formally hoping to turn buzz from a close loss in Texas' 2018 Senate race into a White House try.
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.