"I think that competition is good in our party", the senator from Minnesota said, telling Harlow that former President Barack Obama has been telling 2020 candidates that he believes the more the merrier in the nomination fight. "That's part of the problem, and I'm a white man".
"We shared a common goal", said Ted Houghton, a local financial adviser and longtime O'Rourke donor who raised money for former GOP Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and helped steer millions in state transportation funding to the city.
O'Rourke narrowly lost a senate campaign to Sen.
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.
"I had to be moving, I had to be meeting people", O'Rourke told Oprah Winfrey in a February interview. Both rallies drew thousands, and put the two men's divergent positions on the border wall on sharp display.
Beyond a previously announced event in Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday, O'Rourke is expected to visit other towns in eastern Iowa, traditionally a Democratic stronghold, Politico said.
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The aircraft had shattered into many pieces and was severely burnt, a Reuters reporter at the scene of the crash said. Swedish flight-tracking website flightradar24 said that the Boeing 737 passenger jet "had unstable vertical speed".
O'Rourke, a former three-term US congressman and a punk rocker in his youth, pledged to tackle "the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate".
O'Rourke hired hundreds of campaign field staffers for his 2018 Senate bid, helping his party pick up two congressional seats and a numbers of other offices across the state, even as he fell just short of defeating Sen.
The 46-year-old announced his 2020 Democratic primary bid Thursday with an online post. "I think there's going to be people that. have their own money".
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.
O'Rourke, whose given name is Robert Francis, as a child acquired his nickname "Beto", a common shortening of "Roberto" for Spanish speakers.