Beto O'Rourke confirms United States presidential run

Beto O'Rourke confirms United States presidential run

Beto O'Rourke will announce on Thursday that he is running for president in 2020, according to El Paso TV station KTSM-TV.

Announcing his candidacy in an online video, O'Rourke, who gained a national following with his long-shot election battle against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz previous year, pledged to tackle "the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate". Ted Cruz in the November elections, appears on the cover of the April issue of Vanity Fair standing on a dirt road in the desert in his home state.

O'Rourke had all but acknowledged his run for the presidency already.

Beyond a previously announced event in Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday, O'Rourke is expected to visit other towns in eastern Iowa, traditionally a Democratic stronghold, Politico said.

The addition of O'Rourke makes a crowded Democratic field even more crowded, and it will be fascinating to see if he can find a constituency, and where it will come from.

Beto O'Rourke is running for President in 2020

The former U.S. congressman enters as a formidable candidate.

'You can probably tell that I want to run, ' he says.

Beto O'Rourke after the 2018 midterms.

Mr O'Rourke, a former punk musician who sometimes went skateboarding to blow off steam on the Texas campaign trail, has been tipped to quickly achieve rockstar status with a run.


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