Beto O'Rourke will seek 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

Beto O’Rourke to Announce 2020 Presidential Bid

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.

Trump relished the face-off, dismissing the Democrat's crowd size (which was later estimated to be at least as big as Trump's), claiming that this "may be the end of his presidential bid" and that O'Rourke was simply "a young man who's got very little going for himself except a great first name".

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country, and for every single one of us", O'Rourke said in a video announcing his candidacy.

Greeted by cheers at his first stop in Keokuk, Iowa, he told his audience, "It is a huge, huge honor to be here with you".

He said that the crises in our economy, democracy and climate "will either consume us or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America".

Several of El Paso's richest business moguls donated to and raised money for O'Rourke's city council campaigns, drawn to his support for a plan to redevelop El Paso's poorer neighborhoods, the Post reported.

Democratic Senate leaders courted O'Rourke aggressively for that race.

O'Rourke had mulled a presidential run for months and took an unusual break for what appeared to be some soul-searching after his loss, taking a road trip to New Mexico, Kansas and elsewhere. He visited with students in the key swing state of Wisconsin. The three-term El Paso congressman notably received backlash for failing to clarify where he stood on issues during his unsuccessful run to unseat Republican Sen.

O'Rourke hired hundreds of campaign field staffers for his 2018 Senate bid, helping his party pick up two congressional seats and a numbers of other offices across the state, even as he fell just short of defeating Sen.

Starting with the Iowa caucuses next year, the Democrat who amasses the majority of delegates nationwide in a series of contests will be nominated at the party's convention in Milwaukee in the summer, and will likely face Trump in November's general election. "We're going to be much better prepared on the money side and the messaging, as a party".

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