Beto O'Rourke Is Running for President in 2020

"This is going to be a positive campaign, that seeks to bring out the very best in every single one of us; that seeks to unite a very divided country."

Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke has announced he will run for president, joining an ever expanding field for the Democrats in the 2020 primary race.

O'Rourke rose to national prominence by taking on Senator Ted Cruz, to whom he narrowly lost. Talk of a possible presidential run started as soon as that race ended, with the former punk musician noted for his charisma and ability to raise money from small donors.

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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO - JANUARY 10, 2019: A campaign poster for Beto O'Rourke is displayed in a store window in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The poster is from O'Rourke's 2018 campaign for a U.S. Senate seat representing Texas. The poster in the Santa Fe window has been altered to support O'Rourke as a presidential candidate in 2020. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

The 46-year-old also has a strong progressive platform, in a primary field that is already more left leaning than we have seen in the past. In particular, O'Rourke has pushed a pro-immigration, unity-based message that seeks to unite the country.

Despite his momentum, he will face a difficult path to the nomination, and not only because of the plethora of choices for Democratic voters. He may have name recognition, but so too do candidates Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker. And after just three terms in the House, he has few legislative success stories. He will also have to convince the Democrats that he is the best option in a field that is marked by diverse candidates.


Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks to a crowd of marchers during the anti-Trump "March for Truth" in El Paso, Texas, on February 11, 2019. - The march took place at the same time as US President Donald Trump pushed his politically explosive crusade to wall off the Mexican border at a rally in El Paso. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country, and for every single one of us," O'Rourke said in a video message announcing his candidacy.

"The challenges that we face right now: The interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy, and our climate have never been greater. And they will either consume us, or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America. 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 in every single one of us; that seeks to unite a very divided country," O'Rourke added. "We saw the power of this in Texas, where people allowed no difference, however great or however small, to stand between them and divide us. Whether it was religion, or gender, or income, or geography, we put our labels and our differences aside to come together for the only thing that matters: The future of this country and the generations that come after us."

O'Rourke is starting a three-day tour through Iowa, and he will hold a campaign kick off rally in El Paso, Texas, on March 30.

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