O'Rourke begins 2020 bid with big crowds, centrist message

O'Rourke begins 2020 bid with big crowds, centrist message

US President Donald Trump travelled to the town on February 11 to justify his claim that there is a crisis on the US-Mexico border and to pitch for his promised border wall. Ted Cruz a year ago, he was little known outside his hometown of El Paso, on Texas' border with Mexico.

"I'm a capitalist", O'Rourke told reporters last month.

After Cruz defeated O'Rourke, the former congressman revealed that he was mulling over running for president in 2020, despite repeatedly claiming that it was a "definitive no" regarding whether he would run or not.

One of O'Rourke's former border colleagues, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, said he was glad to see O'Rourke in the race.

"Well, I think he's got a lot of hand movement".

O'Rourke's Senate loss was the closest a Texas Democrat has come tobeating a Republican incumbent senator since 1978. He hasn't demonstrated much skill in domestic or foreign policy, and as a white man, he's entering a field that has been celebrated for its diverse roster of women and people of colour.

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In his interview with Vanity Fair, Beto O'Rourke also said that he was "born to do this", referring to his bid to be elected as the 46 president of the United State. O'Rourke, however, had even bigger plans in mind.

Beto O'Rourke is already taking questions from voters in Keokuk, Iowa, in a bid to raise his profile.

But Vela, who said he donated $2,000 to O'Rourke on Thursday, stopped short of endorsing O'Rourke or any other candidate, at least for now.

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us", O'Rourke added.

Before Beto O'Rourke - the latest Democrat entrant to the 2020 presidential race - was embraced by liberal online donors, his top financial backers were wealthy businessmen who donated millions to Republicans, The Washington Post reported.

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