In the clip, O'Rourke promised to run a "positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us - that seeks to unite a very divided country". Ted Cruz (R-Texas), joins a crowded crowded Democratic field that includes Sens.
While he narrowly lost his U.S. Senate race to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz past year, O'Rourke managed to build a nationwide following with his unconventional, optimistic style combined with a populist message that brought in nearly $80 million in primarily small donations. "It's a big part of why I'm running".
"O'Rourke was good at rallying liberals across the country who wanted to defeat Sen".
The president was not alone in noticing O'Rourke's hands in the video, but his knock on the 2020 hopeful's hands struck many people online as ironic, considering his own hand movements during speeches are well known. But a presidential bid will be a much different test for O'Rourke, who will face serious pressure from the left for the first time in his political career. Ted Cruz last November, coming within 3 points of victory in the deep red state.
Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke has announced his candidacy for president of the United States in 2020, laying out his agenda in a bid to become the Democratic Party's nominee.
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When asked about O'Rourke's entrance into the presidential race this morning, President Trump referred to O'Rourke's energetic hand movements in his announcement video and asked, "Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?" If I were to run, if I were to win, that my administration looks like this country.
"I had to be moving, I had to be meeting people", O'Rourke told Oprah Winfrey in a February interview.
The sports and entertainment world already had its eye on O'Rourke during the Senate campaign: NBA star LeBron James wore an O'Rourke hat after video of the Texan defending NFL players' right to protest during the national anthem went viral.
He took a well-publicized road trip across the American Southwest, stopping at colleges and diners. The son of a powerful El Paso, Texas politician, O'Rourke won election to the El Paso City Council in 2005 and served there until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.
While running for Senate, he offered an unapologetically liberal vision, supporting Trump's impeachment, universal health care, gun control, marijuana decriminalization, steep federal subsidies for prekindergarten education and relaxed immigration policies.