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Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 presidential run

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The enthusiasm generated by former three-term Rep. Beto O'Rourke may seem reminiscent of another politician who had only spent a few years in Congress before running for the White House — President Barack Obama

President Trump responded to the news Thursday that Beto O'Rourke's is running for president by talking about the Texan's hands.

O'Rourke joins a crowded field of more than a dozen Democrats as a wildcard.

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".

"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.

"Perhaps most importantly of all, because our very existence depends on it, we can unleash the ingenuity and creativity of millions of Americans who want to ensure that we squarely confront the challenge of climate change before it's too late", O'Rourke said.

The former Texas congressman pushed back on Trump's inaccurate claims that a drop in crime was due to the barriers in El Paso, telling supporters, "We know that walls do not save lives - walls end lives".

Beto O'Rourke doesn't seem to have any policy positions on his campaign website yet - but he does have lots of merchandise for sale.

Thursday morning's announcement will leave former Vice President Joe Biden as the last big name yet to make a decision about the 2020 campaign.

While offering few specifics about his vision for the nation, O'Rourke told Vanity Fair, "I want to be in it".

O'Rourke soared to national prominence during his race previous year against Sen. He took a solo road trip through the Southwest earlier this year, documenting his travels in a series of Medium posts reminiscent of Jack Kerouac. "So if I were to run, I think it's just so important that those who would comprise my team looked like this country".

"But unlike Trump, O'Rourke can appear nearly too innocent to be a politician-too decent, too wholesome, the very reason he became popular also the same reason he could be crucified on the national stage".

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