Beto O'Rourke will seek 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

Nellie Chapman
March 16, 2019

Branham said while O'Rourke is a viable candidate, he said he thinks O'Rourke will face different challenges from the Senate race with so many well-known and well-funded Democratic competitors. "It's a big part of why I'm running".

Fellow Texan Julian Castro distributed a list of Texas Democrats who had already gotten behind the former federal housing chief's campaign.

Party liberals have zeroed in on O'Rourke's refusal while in the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor legislation providing "Medicare-for-all" and free college tuition, although during his Senate campaign O'Rourke promoted the idea of universal healthcare.

"I think he's got a lot of hand movement", Trump told reporters Thursday in the Oval Office after O'Rourke officially announced his 2020 Presidential campaign. He visited with students in the key swing state of Wisconsin. During the same Iowa campaign event, O'Rourke drew criticism from President Donald Trump for his "crazy" hand movements, according to a report from the New York Daily News.

Mr O'Rourke has represented Texas' 16 congressional district for three terms in the US House of Representatives. At the end of the month, on March 30, O'Rourke plans to return to El Paso to kick off his campaign.

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O'Rourke soared to national prominence during his race a year ago against Sen.

Still missing from Democrats' path to success in Texas in 2020, lawmakers say, is a credible candidate to take on Republican Sen. Though he previously expressed support for single-payer, Politico reported that O'Rourke abruptly stopped using the words "Medicare for All" and "single-payer" during last year's Senate race. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat who is also running for president.

Vanity Fair quoted O'Rourke as saying in an interview published on Wednesday that he was aware of his disadvantage as a white man at a time when many in the Democratic Party want a woman or a person of color for president.

"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".

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