Beto O'Rourke will seek 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

10 Actual Quotes from Vanity Fair’s Profile of Beto O’Rourke		Vanity Fair Edit BNN14 Mar 2019

"I want to be in it", O'Rourke said.

He already had planned a visit to Iowa this weekend.

Beto O'Rourke after the 2018 midterms.

Thursday morning's announcement will leave former Vice President Joe Biden as the last big name yet to make a decision about the 2020 campaign.

These online observations are something to mull over while considering the many potential Democratic presidential nominees, though perhaps O'Rourke hasn't thought about it from that perspective.

Unlike many of his opponents who launched campaigns while barely registering in public opinion polls, O'Rourke begins in sixth place in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, receiving an average of 5 percent.

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The trip will serve as the first test of whether O'Rourke can carry to the national political stage the pop-star appeal he showed in Texas past year, drawing enthusiastic crowds and $80 million in campaign donations.

"Amy and I are happy to share with you that I'm running to serve you as the next president of the United States of America", O'Rourke said in a video announcing his candidacy.

O'Rourke premised much of his appeal in the Senate race on his refusal to accept money from political action committees, and instead raised $80 million from small-dollar donors, a national record for a Senate bid.

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", he wrote.

Meanwhile, a source tied to O'Rourke's campaign confirmed to Reuters that the ex-congressman would be running.

Of late, O'Rourke has tried to distance himself from some left-leaning candidates, such as Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, whom Trump has derided as "socialists". "I said, 'Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?'" He encouraged people to "study it".

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