"It's just how I think, how I find the next step". "That's part of the problem, and I'm a white man".
O'Rourke went through a list of Democratic priorities, including health care, climate change, family separation and criminal justice reform, gesturing or chopping with his hands to emphasize each point.
Texas state Rep. Beto O'Rourke officially announced his bid for 2020 Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, and his campaign is already going viral thanks to his plan to get rural Americans on Tinder. He visited with students in the key swing state of Wisconsin.
He added: "You can probably tell that I want to run. I do". The three-term El Paso congressman notably received backlash for failing to clarify where he stood on issues during his unsuccessful run to unseat Republican Sen. Both rallies drew thousands, and put the two men's divergent positions on the border wall on sharp display.
Unlike other presidential candidates who had mulled White House bids for months or even years before announcing their campaigns, O'Rourke only began being floated as a possible presidential contender after losing his Senate race against Cruz in November. O'Rourke will need those same donors to flock to him in a way that makes him competitive with other well-funded candidates, including other grassroots stars such as Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA.
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The former congressman had been testing the waters for a presidential run in unconventional ways. At the end of the month, on March 30, O'Rourke plans to return to El Paso to kick off his campaign. "I think there's going to be people that. have their own money".
When asked about O'Rourke's entrance into the presidential race this morning, President Trump referred to O'Rourke's energetic hand movements in his announcement video and asked, "Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?"
O'Rourke, a former three-term USA congressman and a punk rocker in his youth, pledged to tackle "the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate".
"Whereas Obama is from the tail end of the baby boom, Beto O'Rourke is quintessentially Generation X, weaned on Star Wars and punk rock and priding himself on authenticity over showmanship and a healthy skepticism of the mainstream".