Beto O'Rourke plans to run for president

14 March, 2019, 12:43 | Author: Carlos George
  • Beto O'Rourke came to wider public attention during the November midterms

Beto O'Rourke, the Texan who gained a national following with his long-shot election battle against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz previous year, will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, a source close to the campaign said on Wednesday.

O'Rourke revealed during the interview for the April issue that he wanted to run for president, adding that he is "just born to be in it".

O'Rourke confirmed his plan to formally announce his candidacy on Thursday morning to El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM.

O'Rourke told Vanity Fair, "You can probably tell that I want to run... I do". O'Rourke has caused speculation to grow by holding a counter protest to President Donald Trump's border rally in El Paso last month.

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O'Rourke, who captured national attention in his ultimately unsuccessful bid to unseat U.S. Sen.

The 46-year-old Democrat was the US Senate nominee but narrowly lost to Republican rival Senator Ted Cruz in 2018.

Despite his defeat, O'Rourke swiftly emerged as a top Democratic presidential contender, drawing comparisons to Barack Obama for his charisma and hopeful message. I tell O'Rourke that perhaps he's simply too normal to be president.

O'Rourke becomes the 15th Democrat to enter the race to decide who will take on Trump in the general election.

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