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Democrat Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 White House bid

Democrat Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 White House bid

O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman who came close to defeating Ted Cruz in last year's Senate race, confirmed his plans in a text message to the station.

The former congressman gained a national following with his unsuccessful run for Senate past year against Republican Ted Cruz.

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

So what does Beto O'Rourke bring to the party after barging into a field already crowded with 14 declared Democratic candidates? "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", O'Rourke said.

He took a well-publicized road trip across the American Southwest, stopping at colleges and diners.

Although he's entering the race relatively late, O'Rourke has strong national name recognition.

Beto O'Rourke is running 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. Former Vice President Joe Biden is also expected to announce his intentions soon.

Telling the diners that this is his first visit to Iowa, O'Rourke told them that he wanted to hear what's on their minds.

O'Rourke's home-state appeal may not prove to be enough to make Texas competitive, however, as the Democrats try to deny President Donald Trump a second term.

O'Rourke, who raked in an eye-popping $80 million in his unsuccessful bid to topple Sen. O'Rourke said during his Senate campaign that he did not have Oval Office aspirations, but he admitted at a town hall late previous year that his position had changed from what he said on the campaign trail and that he and his wife had "made a decision not to rule anything out". I think she is a very effective campaigner.

"That's how I feel about this", he told the magazine.

While running for Senate, he offered an unapologetically liberal vision, supporting Trump's impeachment, universal health care, gun control, marijuana decriminalization, steep federal subsidies for prekindergarten education and relaxed immigration policies.

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