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Beto O’Rourke to Announce 2020 Presidential Bid Beto O’Rourke to run for President in 2020 - ‘I’m born to do it’
Patty Aguilar | 15 March, 2019, 16:13

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 a year ago, pledged to tackle "the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate".

Thursday morning's announcement will leave former Vice President Joe Biden as the last big name yet to make a decision about the 2020 campaign.

Trump told reporters Thursday in the Oval Office that O'Rourke, who just announced that he's running for president, uses his hands so much that it might indicate he's "crazy".

O'Rourke followed his announcement by launching a three-day visit to Iowa, the Midwestern farm state that will hold the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020. This "woke whiteness" factor - the idea that progressive white men in particular might be able to say and do things that minority candidates couldn't get away with - certainly seems to be an implicit part of O'Rourke's appeal.

The Iowa trip will be the first test of whether O'Rourke can convert the enthusiasm he built in Texas to the national stage.

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O'Rourke, a former three-term USA congressman and a punk rocker in his youth, pledged to tackle "the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate".

When the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll was first run in December, O'Rourke placed third, the top choice of 11 percent. O'Rourke accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants.

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke said in the text.

He added: "You can probably tell that I want to run. I do".

In 2018 speculation began that Mr O'Rourke may decide to run after his campaign for the US Senate proved his worth.

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