"I said, 'Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?'" "I think it's important to have people that are running from different parts of the country".
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".
O'Rourke, a former punk musician who sometimes went skateboarding to blow off steam on the Texas campaign trail, may quickly achieve rockstar status if he runs.
Hours after O'Rourke announced he would run for president, the former Democratic congressman's website became a focal point for many of his critics. He visited with students in the key swing state of Wisconsin. "I think you'll see Republicans working a lot harder". Both events in the Texas city that borders Mexico drew thousands and put the two men's divergent positions on the border wall on sharp display.
That has been an issue in every campaign he has run and will undoubtedly resurface during his presidential bid.
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The police said there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack. Christchurch schools were put in lockdown for several hours and residents told to stay off the streets.
The 46-year-old announced his 2020 Democratic primary bid Thursday with an online post. At the end of the month, on March 30, O'Rourke plans to return to El Paso to kick off his campaign.
Mr O'Rourke was little-known outside his hometown of El Paso until he challenged Republican Senator Ted Cruz past year. His social media presence and enormous fundraising power lifted him from a little-known three-term congressman to a Democratic rockstar with a following that stretched well beyond Texas.
US Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, left, and US 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.
For some, the enthusiasm the three-term congressman generated may have seemed reminiscent of another politician who had only spent a few years in Congress before running for the White House - President Barack Obama.