Beto O'Rourke announces that he is running for president in 2020

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"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke said of his hometown in a text to TV station KTSM, which first reported his entry into the race.

Mr O'Rourke was little-known outside his hometown of El Paso until he challenged Republican Senator Ted Cruz past year.

O'Rourke followed his announcement by launching a three-day visit to Iowa, the Midwestern farm state that will hold the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020.

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

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke cited several challenges rural communities face when it comes to internet access, specifically residents' ability to use the dating app Tinder, at a Thursday campaign event in Keokuk, Iowa.

Beto O'Rourke entered the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, beginning his bid to recapture what made him a star during his Senate race past year while facing for the first time the larger Democratic electorate.

The American and global media jump up every time he makes a move and, unlike fellow Democratic candidates with far more experience, he was granted a cover interview with Vanity Fair and is...

The former United States congressman enters as a formidable candidate.

"I have nothing to say to that".

"Man, I'm just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment", he said of the presidential race.

While O'Rourke's announcement was welcomed by a lot of politicians - he quickly picked up an endorsement from former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley - there was at least one politician who wasn't so sure about what to make of the former congressman: President Donald Trump. The Post's Jeff Stein asked O'Rourke's team about "his key policy priorites", and has yet to hear back. I tell O'Rourke that perhaps he's simply too normal to be president. In a unusual response, Trump said, "I think he's got a lot of hand movement".

O'Rourke is in Iowa for three days of campaigning, which includes canvassing for a Democratic state Senate candidate in an upcoming special election, running a 5K race and taping an episode of a local political podcast.

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