Democrat rising star O'Rourke announces 2020 White House bid

Democrat rising star O'Rourke announces 2020 White House bid

"So if I were to run, I think it's just so important that those who would comprise my team looked like this country". Then he added: "Is he insane or is that just how he acts?"

"I think he's got a lot of hand movement", Trump told reporters Thursday in the Oval Office after O'Rourke officially announced his 2020 Presidential campaign. For his part, Trump said he was ready for anyone. I've actually never seen anything quite like it. Study it.

Unlike many of his opponents who launched campaigns while barely registering in public opinion polls, O'Rourke begins in sixth place in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, receiving an average of 5 percent.

The former El Paso Congressman will make the announcement on Thursday morning, but he confirmed via text to KTSM Wednesday afternoon that he is seeking the Democratic nomination. He promised to offer the kind of bipartisan, optimistic vision for the future that helped him almost upset Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last November, coming within 3 points of victory in the deep red state.

"I had to be moving, I had to be meeting people", O'Rourke told Oprah Winfrey in a February interview.

FiveThirtyEight reports: 'O'Rourke's national appeal to Democrats might be that he could push progressive boundaries and motivate a minority community without alienating independent white suburban voters.

He already had planned a visit to Iowa this weekend.

Party liberals have zeroed in on O'Rourke's refusal while in the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor legislation providing "Medicare-for-all" and free college tuition, although during his Senate campaign O'Rourke promoted the idea of universal healthcare.

The bid comes three and a half months after a narrow loss for Senate in Texas, a campaign that catapulted the 46-year-old, three-term lawmaker from El Paso to national prominence.

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.

Democrats have long dreamed that a booming Hispanic population could eventually flip Texas blue and transform the electoral college, making the Republican path to the presidency all but impossible.

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