Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Beto O'Rourke will seek 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

Beto O’Rourke to Announce 2020 Presidential Bid Beto O’Rourke to run for President in 2020 - ‘I’m born to do it’
Kenny Thornton | 15 March, 2019, 16:12

Beto O'Rourke will seek the Democratic nomination to run for USA president, a source close to his campaign and an El Paso TV station said Wednesday.

Vanity Fair quoted O'Rourke as saying in an interview published on Wednesday that he was aware of his disadvantage as a white man at a time when many in the Democratic Party want a woman or a person of color for president.

O'Rourke is expected to immediately set out on a campaign swing through Iowa, which holds the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020.

His social media presence and huge fundraising power lifted him from a little-known three-term congressman to a Democratic rockstar with a following that stretched well beyond Texas.

O'Rourke, whose given name is Robert Francis, as a child acquired his nickname "Beto", a common shortening of "Roberto" for Spanish speakers.

The Iowa trip will be the first test of whether O'Rourke can convert the enthusiasm he built in Texas to the national stage. "It's a big part of why I'm running. The challenges we face right now, the interconnected crises in our democracy, and our climate have never been greater".

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It's Black Panther and in Gabon we call the national team the Panther of Gabon, so it represents me, so yeah, that's it'.

O'Rourke premised much of his appeal in the Senate race on his refusal to accept money from political action committees, and instead raised $80 million from small-dollar donors, a national record for a Senate bid.

A former bassist in a punk band, O'Rourke's 1998 arrest for driving while intoxicated has been an issue in every campaign he has run and will undoubtedly resurface during his presidential bid.

He wrote: "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents".

These include 2016 election hopeful Bernie Sanders as well as Californian senator Kamala Harris.

King began by asking O'Rourke if he still feels Trump should be impeached.

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