Beto O'Rourke tells Texas TV station he's running for president

Beto O'Rourke is running for President in 2020

Former Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke is running for president, he announced in a video with his wife, Amy. "In other words, this moment of peril produces, perhaps, the greatest moment of promise for this country and everyone inside of it".

"This is going to be a positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country", he said. "We saw the power of this in Texas". But O'Rourke's momentum seemed to be revived in a big way last month amid the debate over building a wall along the Mexican border - right along his hometown of El Paso.

Ending his announcement video in momentous terms, O'Rourke said, "We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth". Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. "Maybe that will happen to Beto O'Rourke but I somehow doubt it".

The possibility of O'Rourke running has been the subject of a lot of speculation after his challenge to Cruz a year ago.

On the day of President Trump's State of the Union address to Congress in February, O'Rourke sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey, and said he was thinking about running for president.

He pointed to his 2018 campaign as a confirmation of the potential for bipartisan appeals in an increasingly polarized electorate, a strategy certain to stand out as frontrunners in the Democratic primary pull the party to the left with proposals for Medicare-for-All health care and national job guarantees. O'Rourke didn't just focus his campaigning on urban and suburban areas typically rich with Democratic voters - he traveled to all 254 Texas counties, committing to visit even the reddest, most rural places.

After graduating from Columbia, O'Rourke first moved to Brooklyn, then later returned home to El Paso, where he would become a city councilor and start his political career. Another Texan, former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro, was already running. He's also planning a campaign rally in El Paso on March 30. "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. And I think that's a very legitimate basis upon which to make a decision.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump was asked by the press to react to Democrat Robert "Beto" O'Rourke's 2020 presidential bid announcement.

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