Democratic star Beto O'Rourke confirms he's running for president

Beto O'Rourke

The 46-year-old mounted a stronger-than-expected challenge to Republican Sen.

O'Rourke is in Iowa for three days of campaigning, which includes canvassing for a Democratic state Senate candidate in an upcoming special election, running a 5K race and taping an episode of a local political podcast. Ted Cruz past year for the Senate to another newcomer when it comes to experience: Abraham Lincoln.

In the clip, O'Rourke promised to run a "positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us - that seeks to unite a very divided country".

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. "The challenges that we face right now, the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate have never been greater".

His comments were carried live on several cable TV networks, the kind of exposure other 2020 Democrats don't often get.

"This moment of peril produces, perhaps, the greatest moment of promise for this country", he said in the video which was posted on the El Paso Times website.

His fundraising prowess, as well as his ability to engage younger voters and communities of color in Texas, garnered national attention for O'Rourke throughout his campaign.

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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". Beyonce, a Houston native, endorsed O'Rourke.

In the article, O'Rourke did not outright say he is running, be he said things like "I want to run".

"This is the final chance", the failed Senate candidate from Texas advised. 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.

O'Rourke would enter the race as a man without a clear political ideology, a signature legislative achievement, a major policy issue, or a concrete agenda for the country.

O'Rourke jumped into the presidential race on Thursday after months of hinting and soul-searching.

While speaking at a coffee shop in Keokuk, IA, 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke voiced his support for the Green New Deal, echoing socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in saying the world will end in 12 years if nothing is done.

Trump took questions from the Oval Office during his meeting with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, and he was asked for his thoughts on O'Rourke's campaign announcement. He raised about $80 million for his bid, most of it from small-dollar donations, and amassed a nationwide grassroots following while eschewing traditional campaign methods.

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