BETO STEPS IN: O'Rourke Announces 2020 Presidential Campaign

BETO STEPS IN: O'Rourke Announces 2020 Presidential Campaign

BETO STEPS IN: O'Rourke Announces 2020 Presidential Campaign

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, while addressing the frenzy over Beto O'Rourke's dive into the 2020 Democratic pool of candidates, said he has another favorite to win the eventual party nomination: Sen.

Until he challenged Republican Sen.

O'Rourke previous year lost that race in Texas, a bid to oust Republican Sen.

O'Rourke said that he plans to travel the country and "listen to those who I seek to serve, to understand from your perspective how we can best meet these challenges". "We saw the power of this in Texas, where people allowed no difference, however great or however small, to stand between them and divide us".

In El Paso, Trump ridiculed O'Rourke as "a young man who's got very little going for himself, except he's got a great first name". What the central policy tenets of his campaign are remain to be seen.

The former Texas congressman pushed back on Trump's inaccurate claims that a drop in crime was due to the barriers in El Paso, telling supporters, "We know that walls do not save lives - walls end lives". Beyonce, a Houston native, endorsed O'Rourke.

Throughout that race, O'Rourke had insisted he would not run for president - but that stance shifted after he lost.

O'Rourke's 2018 Senate campaign didn't fit the usual mold. Another Texan, former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro, was already running. Voters in the Lone Star State haven't elected a Democrat to the Senate in roughly three decades. It's a strategy that could serve him well in Iowa, which kicks off presidential voting and where Cruz campaigned in all 99 counties before winning its caucus during the 2016 GOP presidential primary.

"Middle schools are one of the fastest-growing markets for marijuana sales today", O'Rourke said Thursday at a campaign event in Iowa.

Klobuchar, asked about O'Rourke on Thursday, let out a hearty, "Welcome!"

Trump, for his part, took note of O'Rourke's energetic gesticulation, on display as several cable TV networks aired O'Rourke's comments.

Earlier Thursday, O'Rourke announced his candidacy for President of the United States in a video message.

O'Rourke joins a large and unsettled 2020 field in which his fundraising prowess, southwestern Texas charm and anti-establishment attitude have quickly turned political heads.

Trademark, black-and-white "Beto for Senate" yard signs became staples in places like NY and Los Angeles - with some supporters now converting them to read "Beto for President 2020".

O'Rourke refused donations from outside political groups and shunned pollsters during his Senate campaign. O'Rourke raised more than $80 million in his bid to oust Cruz. He's also planning a campaign rally in El Paso on March 30.

His national profile grew in August, when NowThis published a video of him answering a question about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem with an off-the-cuff riff about the civil rights movement as he defended players for making their case "nonviolently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching".

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