Democrat Beto O'Rourke announces run for president in 2020

Democrat Beto O'Rourke announces run for president in 2020

O'Rourke is heading to Iowa for several campaign events, including a stop at Northern Iowa University to stump for Eric Giddens, who is running for a special election for a state senate seat.

"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". "I just truly emerged out of this by being with people". "Yet Mr. O'Rourke also comes to the 2020 race with few notable legislative accomplishments after three terms in the House representing El Paso...."

Texas Republicans who watched Beto O'Rourke's turnout operation in the 2018 Senate race fear the El Paso Democrat's presidential bid could help turbocharge the state's political trajectory - potentially imperiling some otherwise safe GOP incumbents.

In February, he held a rally in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, on the same night as one staged there by Republican President Donald Trump.

"What we saw in the suburbs happened all over the country".


"This moment of peril produces, perhaps, the greatest moment of promise for this country", O'Rourke, 46, said in an online video.

"But unlike Trump, O'Rourke can appear nearly too innocent to be a politician-too decent, too wholesome, the very reason he became popular also the same reason he could be crucified on the national stage". After the president attacked NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, O'Rourke responded at a town hall that he "can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, any time, anywhere, in any place". O'Rourke will have to make a robust argument about why Democrats should instead back a white man. And he has the younger, newer face some in the party are eager for and has also gone toe-to-toe with Trump.

When the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll was first run in December, O'Rourke placed third, the top choice of 11 percent.

In 2005, he was elected to El Paso's city council.

"His single-minded devotion to [rowing] crew-and to the purifying energy of punk rock-foreshadowed his future political self".

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