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Democratic star Beto O'Rourke confirms he's running for president

Rep. Beto O'Rourke D-El Paso the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas speaks during a campaign rally in El Paso Texas. Southern politics was a one-party affair for a long time. But now it’s a mixed bag Ex-US Congressman O'Rourke to Seek Presidential Nomination- Reports
Kenny Thornton | 17 March, 2019, 06:53

"Middle schools are one of the fastest-growing markets for marijuana sales today", O'Rourke said Thursday at a campaign event in Iowa.

Beto O'Rourke speaks to Oprah Winfrey on stage during a taping of her TV show in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 5, 2019.

"I am running to serve you as the next president", O'Rourke wrote in a tweet on Thursday, adding that the challenges faced by the USA "are the greatest in living memory". And: "You can probably tell that I want to run", he said.

"I think that competition is good in our party", the senator from Minnesota said, telling Harlow that former President Barack Obama has been telling 2020 candidates that he believes the more the merrier in the nomination fight.

O'Rourke started the race in southeast Iowa, where none of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have gone so far.

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"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. "It's a big part of why I'm running".

An official announcement is coming Thursday morning, O'Rourke said via text message to KTSM in El Paso.

O'Rourke's campaign did not reply to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment.

O'Rourke spent recent months at home in El Paso with family, driving through the Midwest and journaling about it online and a few public appearances, such as a Metallica concert and leading a rally outside a President Trump rally in El Paso. Strong fundraising and high-profile media coverage propelled O'Rourke to within three points of Cruz, an unprecedented finish for a Democrat in a state-wide Texas race.

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", he wrote. "Do I see something that I uniquely can provide, for what the country needs right now?"

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