Beto O'Rourke Covers 'Vanity Fair,' Announces Presidential Bid

Beto O'Rourke is running for President in 2020

Beto O'Rourke announced Thursday that he's running for president in 2020, pledging to win over voters from both major parties as he tries to translate his political celebrity into a formidable White House bid. "In other words, this moment of peril produces, perhaps, the greatest moment of promise for this country and everyone inside of it".

Beto O'Rourke, the Texan who gained a national following with his long-shot election battle against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz a year ago, will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, a source close to the campaign said on Wednesday. We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth.

"Beto O'Rourke is one of the great examples of the left talking itself into hysteria", Gingrich said. Ted Cruz in 2018 the wild card in the 2020 presidential race, injecting a largely unknown quantity into an already large - and growing - field of Democratic candidates.

"Amy and I are happy to share with you that I'm running to serve you as the next president of the United States of America", O'Rourke said in the video, released early Thursday morning.

Best of luck to Veto O'Rourke on the campaign trail. He raised about $80 million for his bid, most of it from small-dollar donations, and amassed a nationwide grassroots following while eschewing traditional campaign methods.

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.

And when Mr. Trump visited El Paso last month to talk about border security, O'Rourke held a dueling rally that captured the attention of the current commander in chief.

While challenging Cruz, O'Rourke insisted that he had no interest in running for president, vowing to quietly return to El Paso should he lose. O'Rourke passed just three bills during his six years in Congress: two related to temporary health benefits and college tuition assistance to veterans and one renaming El Paso's federal courthouse.

With his announcement, O'Rourke is now joining more than a dozen Democrats who have also announced they are seeking their party's nomination for the 2020 presidential election. "It's just how I think, how I find the next step".

"I said, 'Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?' So I've never seen hand movement - I watched him a little while this morning - doing I assume it was some kind of a news conference", the president continued.

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