Saturday, 23 March, 2019


Beto O’Rourke Confirms He’s Running For President

Beto O'Rourke addresses supporters in El Paso on election night in November Beto O'Rourke addresses supporters in El Paso on election night in November. Gabriel C. Pérez KUT
Bennie Garza | 14 March, 2019, 12:43

The former Texas congressman confirmed Wednesday that he will enter the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Fox News television affiliate based in El Paso, Texas.

The 46-year-old Democrat was the US Senate nominee but narrowly lost to Republican rival Senator Ted Cruz in 2018. Many Democrats believe O'Rourke could have far wider appeal on a national stage than in his home state.

Beto O'Rourke is running for President of the United States.

His initial challenge in the Democratic presidential race will be to distinguish himself from candidates sharing his positions on key progressive issues, such as universal health care and refusing donations from corporate political action committees.

These include 2016 election hopeful Bernie Sanders as well as Californian senator Kamala Harris.

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke reportedly texted the station. I tell O'Rourke that perhaps he's simply too normal to be president. "It's a big part of why I'm running".

In 2012, he won against incumbent Democratic congressman Silvestre Reyes in a Latino-majority district, and was re-elected twice before giving up his seat to run against Cruz.

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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