Beto O’Rourke announces bid for president

Beto O'Rourke

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar welcomed Beto O'Rourke to the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, telling CNN's Poppy Harlow in an interview that she believes more competition in the Democratic primary is good for the party and that she isn't anxious about the former congressman's fundraising prowess.

After months of speculation, O'Rourke formally announced on Thursday that he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Trump. 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.

While he narrowly lost his U.S. Senate race to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz previous year, O'Rourke managed to build a nationwide following with his unconventional, optimistic style combined with a populist message that brought in nearly US$80 million in primarily small donations. Now the former rocker must prove that he can also conquer a much bigger field as he did in Texas.

"Well, I think he's got a lot of hand movement". "You may have that in Iowa as well, where farmers and ranchers and producers literally cannot get online, where people cannot start businesses in their own town or finish their education after high school because they cannot get online".

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"This is a defining moment of truth for this country, and for every single one of us", O'Rourke said in a video announcement posted on his Facebook page. "The challenges that we face right now, the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy, and our climate have never been greater".

But Branham said he believes O'Rourke could ultimately have another position in mind as he launches this presidential bid.

After Cruz defeated O'Rourke, the former congressman revealed that he was mulling over running for president in 2020, despite repeatedly claiming that it was a "definitive no" regarding whether he would run or not. He joins Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and more in the race to the White House.

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