Beto O'Rourke 2020

Beto O'Rourke 2020

Beto O'Rourke told local news outlet KTSM Wednesday that he is running for president, and he will formally announce on Thursday.

Trump relished the face-off, dismissing the Democrat's crowd size (which was later estimated to be at least as big as Trump's), claiming that this "may be the end of his presidential bid" and that O'Rourke was simply "a young man who's got very little going for himself except a great first name".

"I think his chances are good because he has a certain appeal that causes people to pause and listen", Houston Rep. Al Green, a Democrat, said of O'Rourke. "That's part of the problem, and I'm a white man. This city is the best example of this country at its best".

Beto O'Rourke followed his announcement by launching a three-day visit to Iowa. He appeared at the South By Southwest festival last weekend for a screening of the documentary "Running with Beto", but dodged answering whether he planned to run or when he would announce.

O'Rourke became a national star during his 2018 Senate bid past year, despite the fact that he was defeated by incumbent Ted Cruz.

O'Rourke constantly avoided answering how he would handle migrant caravans that was heading toward the U.S. -Mexico border, despite immigration and border security overwhelmingly being the top issues for voters in Texas.

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So what does Beto O'Rourke bring to the party after barging into a field already crowded with 14 declared Democratic candidates?

O'Rourke's 2018 Senate campaign didn't fit the usual mold.

O'Rourke is holding a Texas kickoff of his presidential campaign March 30 in El Paso.

"I had to be moving, I had to be meeting people", O'Rourke told Oprah Winfrey in a February interview.

An influential Iowa poll released last week showed O'Rourke as the first choice of just 5 percent of Democratic voters, behind four contenders, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet declared a bid, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. 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.

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