Democrat rising star O'Rourke announces 2020 White House bid

16 March, 2019, 06:25 | Author: Carlos George
  • The enthusiasm generated by former three-term Rep. Beto O'Rourke may seem reminiscent of another politician who had only spent a few years in Congress before running for the White House — President Barack Obama

O'Rourke's campaign did not reply to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment. He will hold a launch event in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, on March 30.

The 46-year-old mounted a stronger-than-expected challenge to Republican Sen. Cruz called on O'Rourke in November to clarify his stances and urged reporters to do the same; after endorsing O'Rourke, the Dallas Morning News echoed Cruz's calls for clarification. 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.

But O'Rourke is far from a front-runner just yet - with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a White House bid, leading polls. Seven years later, he ran against the incumbent Democratic congressman, Silvestre Reyes, and won, a notable feat in a Latino-majority district.

O'Rourke, 47, served three terms in Congress representing a region of West Texas along the US border with Mexico. He didn't hire traditional political consultants and pollsters, didn't take any PAC money and refused to go negative against Cruz.

"Beto O'Rourke will have to define himself against a crowded field of Democratic candidates, but he doesn't feel the need to draw blood to define himself".

O'Rourke almost upset Sen. John Cornyn. The Senate contest is the only statewide race on the ballot.

He took a well-publicized road trip across the American Southwest, stopping at colleges and diners.

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While offering few specifics about his vision for the nation, O'Rourke told Vanity Fair, "I want to be in it". In a odd response, Trump said, "I think he's got a lot of hand movement. I just truly emerged out of this by being with people".

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.

He wrote: "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents".

Last month the former congressman from El Paso said he would "absolutely" support tearing down existing barriers along the southern border with Mexico.

The Texas Republican said it was too soon to tell how O'Rourke might impact his own re-election. "We are going to show the country who we are".

And he finished the 3 1/2-minute video by saying, "The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and give it for all of us".

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