Beto O'Rourke Joins Democratic Presidential Field

Sergio Conner
March 15, 2019

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

Beto O'Rourke, the affable former congressman who rose to political stardom previous year when he almost ousted a Republican senator in traditionally conservative Texas, reportedly said Wednesday he is running for president.

Despite the fact that he certainly piqued the nation's interest when he was running against fellow Texan Ted Cruz for Senator, it should be remembered O'Rourke still lost.

O'Rourke planned to follow his announcement with a trip to Iowa, the state that will hold the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020.

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And if O'Rourke declares his candidacy, the last main piece of the 2020 election puzzle will be former vice president Joe Biden, who has said he will reveal his political plans soon.

O'Rourke, 47, served three terms in Congress representing a region of West Texas along the USA border with Mexico. O'Rourke accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants. "It's the only way I know to meet that challenge", O'Rourke told the magazine. "I don't see how we're able to meet any of the fundamental challenges that we have as a country without, in part, harnessing the power of the market".

In 2012, he won against incumbent Democratic congressmanSilvestre 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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