Democrat rising star O'Rourke to launch 2020 White House bid
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Democrat Beto O'Rourke, the affable former congressman who rose to political stardom last year when he nearly ousted a Republican senator in traditionally conservative Texas said Thursday he is running for president.
"The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and to give it for all of us," O'Rourke, 26, said in a video release.
O'Rourke has been discussed as a potential candidate ever since his unexpectedly tight race against Senator Ted Cruz, when his grassroots campaign of inclusion and getting people politically involved gained national attention.
Outperforming any Democrat in a Texas race for decades, O'Rourke energized blue voters in the staunchly Republican state earlier this fall, running a media-friendly campaign that drew national support from the Democratic Party and comparisons to former President Barack Obama's ascension to the White House.
After diving in Thursday, O'Rourke officially became the 15th Democrat to declare his bid for the White House in an already crowded field of candidates hoping to oust President Donald Trump from power.
They include several US senators: Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and the leader among the current candidates, liberal powerhouse Bernie Sanders.
Now that O'Rourke has 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, a former punk musician who sometimes went skateboarding to blow off steam on the Texas campaign trail, may quickly achieve rockstar status if he runs.
But that will come with intensifying scrutiny from the media, Democratic power brokers and donors, as well as voters.
In his Senate run Beto ran an unconventional campaign, espousing progressive positions on immigration and health care, while traveling to every county in strongly Republican Texas in a bid to heal political divisions.
The campaign was time-consuming and he signaled that he felt disconnected from family as a result.
"My family hasn't seen me," he told Oprah Winfrey in February. "I haven't been there for them."
His disappointment about his narrow defeat was clear when he embarked on a low-key road trip and blogged about the experience, writing on January 16 that he has been "in and out of a funk."
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A fake star claims to be born!
Bozo O'rourke is a clown. Doctor's think something is wrong with him and he's going to pop . His facade is phony, apparently.
You got to be kidding? His father-in- law is a billionaire. Th eWorld is going to be destroyed in 12 years? What has he been smoking?