I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you're in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019
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).
Reaction on Twitter
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) March 14, 2019
beto is currently listening to party in the u.s.a. by miley cyrus
— beto o’rourkes spotify (@betospotify) March 14, 2019
Beto will deliver the State of the Union address in jeans, a flannel shirt, and a bolo tie. By a campfire.
— neontaster (@neontaster) March 14, 2019