Democrat Beto O'Rourke Jumps Into 2020 US Presidential Race

Beto O'Rourke will seek 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat who announced earlier Thursday that he was entering the race, said people across the country use drugs at the same rate.

O'Rourke didn't just focus his campaigning on urban and suburban areas typically rich with Democratic voters - he traveled to all 254 Texas counties, committing to visit even the reddest, most rural places.

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.

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country, and for every single one of us", O'Rourke said in a video announcing his candidacy. We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth. He rose to superstardom within the Democratic Party in 2018, raising $80 million and building a national following during his close loss to Republican Sen.

The trip will serve as the first test of whether O'Rourke can carry to the national political stage the pop-star appeal he showed in Texas past year, drawing enthusiastic crowds and $80 million in campaign donations.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has not announced his plans to run but he's expected to make that move in the coming weeks.

President Donald Trump is welcoming Beto O'Rourke to the Democratic primary race with faint praise.

In his six years in Congress representing part of West Texas along the border with Mexico, O'Rourke largely did not ally himself with progressives, instead joining the centrist "New Democrat" coalition. "So if I were to run, I think it's just so important that those who would comprise my team looked like this country".

Fellow Texan Julian Castro distributed a list of Texas Democrats who had already gotten behind the former federal housing chief's campaign. "I think people want us to rise above the pettiness, the smallness", O'Rourke told CNN at a later Thursday campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa.

It wasn't the first time O'Rourke generated national attention for taking on Trump.

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