Democrat Beto O'Rourke jumps into 2020 presidential race

Democrat Beto O'Rourke jumps into 2020 presidential race

Democrat Beto O'Rourke jumps into 2020 presidential race

O'Rourke revealed during the interview for the April issue that he wanted to run for president, adding that he is "just born to be in it".

And he finished the 3 1/2-minute video by saying, "The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and give it for all of us". O'Rourke, who critics say has offered little details about where he stands on myriad issues, will face a test on whether he can match up with policy heavyweights like Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA.

Building a national presidential operation, however, is a different matter. In a unusual response, Trump said, "I think he's got a lot of hand movement".

While offering few specifics about his vision for the nation, O'Rourke told Vanity Fair, "I want to be in it".

O'Rourke is in Iowa for three days of campaigning, which includes canvassing for a Democratic state Senate candidate in an upcoming special election, running a 5K race and taping an episode of a local political podcast.

In El Paso, Trump ridiculed O'Rourke as "a young man who's got very little going for himself, except he's got a great first name".

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The 46-year-old announced his 2020 Democratic primary bid Thursday with an online post.

Last month, he appeared to try to separate himself further from that wing of the party when he pointedly called himself a capitalist. "I'm sure you'll agree".

O'Rourke is the 15th Democrat in the field and the second from Texas, and his opponents took notice.

An influential Iowa poll released last week showed O'Rourke as the first choice of just 5 percent of Democratic voters, behind four contenders, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet declared a bid, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Then he added: "Is he insane or is that just how he acts?"

Harris fundraised off O'Rourke's entrance into the race, sending an email to supporters that says she looks "forward to engaging in substantive debates with each of these candidates - including the newest to join the race today, Beto O'Rourke - and ultimately selecting a Democratic nominee who will take on and beat Donald Trump in November of 2020". "We were able to raise a million dollars in just the first 48 hours after I announced, and I'm running my own race", Klobuchar said.

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