Beto O'Rourke will seek 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

Beto O'Rourke will seek 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

In his six years in Congress representing part of West Texas along the border with Mexico, O'Rourke largely did not ally himself with progressives, instead joining the centrist "New Democrat" coalition. "I said, 'Is he insane or is that just the way 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. He took a solo road trip through the Southwest earlier this year, documenting his travels in a series of Medium posts reminiscent of Jack Kerouac.

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.

So what does Beto O'Rourke bring to the party after barging into a field already crowded with 14 declared Democratic candidates?

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Here's the announcement video featuring the former Texas congressman and his wife, Amy Hoover Sanders.

But O'Rourke is far from a front-runner just yet - with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a White House bid, leading polls. "It's just how I think, how I find the next step". "We are going to show the country who we are".

"But unlike Trump, O'Rourke can appear nearly too innocent to be a politician-too decent, too wholesome, the very reason he became popular also the same reason he could be crucified on the national stage". After the president attacked NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, O'Rourke responded at a town hall that he "can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, any time, anywhere, in any place".

Robert is O'Rourke's legal first name. He has a unique backstory that includes stints in punk rock bands.

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