Beto O'Rourke arrives in Iowa hours after announcing 2020 run

15 March, 2019, 04:54 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Beto O'Rourke

President Trump campaigned hard for Cruz, lobbing attacks against O'Rourke as he campaigned in the Lone Star State.

Ticking off a list of crises that threaten the country, including inequality, lack of health care and the environmental problems posed by climate change, O'Rourke said it's time to make a stand.

O'Rourke said that he plans to travel the country and "listen to those who I seek to serve, to understand from your perspective how we can best meet these challenges". "We're going to make a stand to ensure that we live up to our promise, to our potential, to our objective as a country".

Ending his announcement video in momentous terms, O'Rourke said, "We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth".

His national profile grew in August, when NowThis published a video of him answering a question about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem with an off-the-cuff riff about the civil rights movement as he defended players for making their case "nonviolently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching".

He had already planned to visit the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday to campaign for a Democrat running in a special state Senate election, AP reported.

Before the Senate race, O'Rourke served as a USA congressman for El Paso county since 2013.

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If elected to the White House, O'Rourke would be the second president to have graduated from Columbia College.

Some had encouraged O'Rourke to make another run at the Senate again, challenging Republican Sen. He raised about $80 million for his bid, most of it from small-dollar donations, and amassed a nationwide grassroots following while eschewing traditional campaign methods. He collected endorsements in that race from the likes of Beyonce and Lebron James, fueling interest from the national media and drawing comparisons to John F. Kennedy.

O'Rourke almost upset Sen. In an interview for the piece, the former congressman talked about his presidential ambitions.

"I want to be in it", the former Texas congressman told the magazine. "Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?"

But Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist, says O'Rourke could find a lane to the nomination because "many of the other Democratic candidates are very smart and earnest ... but they come across as policy wonks".

Trump has a long history of criticizing people for things he himself is guilty of. "The government at all levels is overly represented by white men", he told Vanity Fair. "It's a big part of why I'm running". "And, of course, he's someone that comes, like I do, from the center of the country". "I think there's going to be people that. have their own money".

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