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Beto O'Rourke confirms he is running for U.S. president

GOP Texas Chairman James Dickey

"I think it's significant that we have someone from the border running for president", Vela said.

The former Texas congressman began his campaign by taking his first ever trip to Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential primary voting.

O'Rourke, who gained a national following with his long-shot election battle against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz a year ago, will make his announcement via video on social media at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT), a source close to the campaign said.

He added: "You can probably tell that I want to run. I do".

US Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, left, and US Sen.

After months of speculation, O'Rourke formally announced on Thursday that he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Trump.

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us", Beto O'Rourke said the video. "This will help John Cornyn and help the Republicans", Branham said. "I watched him a little while this morning doing ― I assume it was some kind of a news conference ― and I've actually never seen anything quite like it. Study it ― I'm sure you'll agree".

In his interview with Vanity Fair, Beto O'Rourke also said that he was "born to do this", referring to his bid to be elected as the 46 president of the United State.

O'Rourke, 47, served three terms in Congress representing a region of West Texas along the us border with Mexico.

The former congressman gained a national following with his unsuccessful run for Senate a year ago against Republican Ted Cruz.

According to The Washington Post, Beto O'Rourke's popularity has grown after he challenged Senator Ted Cruz previous year.

Beyond a previously announced event in Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday, O'Rourke is expected to visit other towns in eastern Iowa, traditionally a Democratic stronghold, Politico said.