Beto O'Rourke enters the 2020 race as the wildcard candidate

14 March, 2019, 15:50 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Beto O'Rourke is running for President in 2020

O'Rourke, a critic of President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policies, has been linked to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party in the mold of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

O'Rourke, an El Paso-area lawmaker who put a scare into incumbent GOP Sen.

Although he doesn't intend to officially make the announcement until Thursday, he sent a text message to KTSM Wednesday afternoon confirming his intent to run.

He added: "I want to be in it".

Beto O'Rourke is running for President in 2020

Earlier in the day, Vanity Fair magazine published a story on O'Rourke's thinking on whether to enter the crowded Democratic field.

Now, the last main piece of the 2020 election puzzle will be former vice president Joe Biden, who has said he will reveal his political plans soon. As with his Senate bid, O'Rourke is building his presidential campaign around an aspirational, Barack Obama-esque call to move past partisan politics - heavy on emotional appeal and fueled by the force of his own personality.

In the article, O'Rourke did not outright say he is running, be he said things like "I want to run".

When it became clear that O'Rourke was considering a run in 2020, Trump again mocked the Democratic phenom.

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