After months of public anticipation, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke has officially announced the launch of his 2020 presidential campaign saying he was ‘born’ to run. O’Rourke made the announcement Thursday morning. O’Rourke appeared to be sitting in his living room with his wife Amy. O’Rourke hopes to run a campaign without big money, “I want you to be part of this. I want this to be your campaign – a campaign by all of us for all of us that answers not to the PACs, corporations, and special interests but to the people.”


In 2018, O’Rourke lost the U.S. Senate race to Republican Senator Ted Cruz (TX). O’Rourke’s senate campaign fundraised $36.8 million in individual donations. He’s now doing it again. O’Rourke says he will rule out any PAC money, corporate donations, pollsters, and negative ads.

Leading up to his decision, O’Rourke took a road trip of self discovery blogging about his encounters with everyday Americans. Reports stirred of O’Rourke’s announcement Wednesday after he texted an El Paso news station, KTSM confirming his plans to enter the 2020 pool.

In his texts, O’Rourke said, “I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents,””It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”

The announcement was also featured as the cover story on Vanity Fair Magazine. In his interview, O’Rourke said he is running as a ‘proud capitalist’, while praising Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY).

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