Beto O'Rourke Joins Democratic Presidential Field

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"I'm not big on labels", O'Rourke told reporters in December when asked whether he could be considered a progressive.

For some, the enthusiasm the three-term congressman generated may have seemed reminiscent of another politician who had only spent a few years in Congress before running for the White House - President Barack Obama. Then he added: "Is he insane or is that just how he acts?"

The nominating process will test whether O'Rourke can translate that kind of support and star power to a different kind of campaign, one in which he'll be competing against other popular Democrats, not an opponent like Republican Sen.

O'Rourke had mulled a presidential run for months and took an unusual break for what appeared to be some soul-searching after his loss, taking a road trip to New Mexico, Kansas and elsewhere.

Trump, who became known for slapping derisive nicknames onto opponents during the 2016 campaign, focused on O'Rourke's hands on Thursday when asked about O'Rourke's campaign announcement.

Democrat Beto O'Rourke has announced he is running for U.S. president, joining a crowded field of candidates vying to challenge Donald Trump in 2020.

At the same time, O'Rourke worked on issues that had the potential to make money for some of his benefactors, the Post reported. In an interview for the piece, the former congressman talked about his presidential ambitions.

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

"Beto O'Rourke will have to define himself against a crowded field of Democratic candidates, but he doesn't feel the need to draw blood to define himself". "The government at all levels is overly represented by white men", he told Vanity Fair. "I think I'd be good at it".

His decision jolts an early election season already stuffed with contenders, adding to the mix a relentless campaigner with a small-dollar fund-raising army, the performative instincts of a former punk rocker and a pro-immigrant vision to counteract President Trump's.

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