Beto O'Rourke confirms he is jumping into 2020 presidential race

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The former Texas congressman confirmed Wednesday that he will enter the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Fox News television affiliate based in El Paso, Texas.

O'Rourke catapulted to national prominence during his failed bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in the November elections, appears on the cover of the April issue of Vanity Fair standing on a dirt road in the desert in his home state.

"I thought you were supposed to win before you run for president", Trump told reporters in December.

Mr O'Rourke has represented Texas' 16 congressional district for three terms in the US House of Representatives.

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O'Rourke told Vanity Fair, "You can probably tell that I want to run... I do".

In the article, O'Rourke did not outright say he is running, be he said things like "I want to run".

O'Rourke's entry would see him join a primary field of more than a dozen Democratic candidates, many of whom are women or people of color. 'I do. I think I'd be good at it'.

"But I totally understand people who will make a decision based on the fact that nearly every single one of our presidents has been a white man, and they want something different for this country".