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Beto O'Rourke 2020

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"This city is the best example of this country at its best".

O'Rourke's announcement comes five months after his senate race against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

While he narrowly lost his U.S. Senate race to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz previous year, O'Rourke managed to build a nationwide following with his unconventional, optimistic style combined with a populist message that brought in nearly $80 million in primarily small donations. Ted Cruz previous year, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke was little known outside his hometown of El Paso. "That's part of the problem, and I'm a white man".

On immigration, O'Rourke said, "All of us, wherever you live, can acknowledge that if immigration is a problem, it's the best possible problem for this country to have".

Harris fundraised off O'Rourke's entrance into the race, sending an email to supporters that says she looks "forward to engaging in substantive debates with each of these candidates - including the newest to join the race today, Beto O'Rourke - and ultimately selecting a Democratic nominee who will take on and beat Donald Trump in November of 2020".

His statement continued: "Beto O'Rourke failed to get anything done in Congress, and with extreme policies like government-run health care and tearing down border barriers, his 2020 bid won't be successful either". He nonetheless harnessed growing nationwide popularity to rake in $80-plus million during the Senate bid, including a staggering $38 million from July to September 2018 alone.

Democrat Beto O'Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he's running for president in 2020.

O'Rourke inched closer to a run in a Vanity Fair cover story released earlier Wednesday. "I said, 'Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?'"

"I had to be moving, I had to be meeting people", O'Rourke told Oprah Winfrey in a February interview. While O'Rourke lost his Senate bid, the race vaulted him into the national spotlight.

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

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O'Rourke promises in the video posted Thursday: "I'm going to travel this country and listen to those I seek to serve" and then will return to El Paso on March 30 for a campaign kickoff. A recent Public Policy Polling survey gave O'Rourke 47 percent to Trump's 41 percent.

Mr. O'Rourke launched his campaign in an online video and made the first of a series of campaign stops Thursday in Iowa, where the Democratic nomination contest will kick off next year.