Beto O’Rourke Announces His Run For President In 2020


Updated at 1:26 p.m. ET

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is running for president, hoping to build on the momentum the Democrat generated in a Senate contest last year.

In a video released in the early hours of Thursday morning, with his wife Amy by his side, O’Rourke announced, “This is a defining moment of truth for this country,” adding what appears will be the focus of his campaign, “the interconnected crisis in our economy, our democracy, and our climate have never been greater.”

O’Rourke is in Iowa for three days of campaigning, which includes canvassing for a Democratic state Senate candidate in an upcoming special election, running a 5K race and taping an episode of a local political podcast. He’s also planning a campaign rally in El Paso on March 30.

The 46-year-old mounted a stronger-than-expected challenge to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last November, coming within 3 points of victory in the deep red state. 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.

When asked about O’Rourke’s entrance into the presidential race this morning, President Trump referred to O’Rourke’s energetic hand movements in his announcement video and asked, “Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?”

For some, the enthusiasm the three-term congressman generated may have seemed reminiscent of another politician who had only spent a few years in Congress before running for the White House — President Barack Obama. But with just three terms in the House and losing his only statewide bid for office, it could lead others to question whether O’Rourke has the necessary experience for the nation’s highest office.

In a video released early Thursday morning, Beto O’Rourke, with his wife Amy by his side, announced, he is running for president. “This is a defining moment of truth for this country,” he said.

O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate campaign didn’t fit the usual mold. He didn’t hire traditional political consultants and pollsters, didn’t take any PAC money and refused to go negative against Cruz. O’Rourke didn’t just focus his campaigning on urban and suburban areas typically rich with…

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