Democrat Beto O'Rourke announces run for president in 2020

Beto O'Rourke will seek 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

"This city is the best example of this country at its best".

O'Rourke, 47, served three terms in Congress representing a region of West Texas along the USA border with Mexico.

Commenting on O'Rourke's decision to enter the race, RNC communications director Michael Ahrens said "it's telling that the Democrats' biggest star is someone whose biggest accomplishment is losing".

With his presidential effort, O'Rourke is hoping to leverage the fame he gained with his Senate race.

He was a heavy underdog when he challenged Republican Ted Cruz in mostly conservative Texas, but he quickly demonstrated an ability to draw large crowds and raise money from voters nationwide.

Beto O'Rourke launched a run on Thursday for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, hoping his message and the fame gained from his unsuccessful election challenge against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in Texas a year ago set him apart from a diverse field.

Unlike other presidential candidates who had mulled White House bids for months or even years before announcing their campaigns, O'Rourke only began being floated as a possible presidential contender after losing his Senate race against Cruz in November.

"Man, I'm just born to be in it and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment".

Since his Senate bid ended, O'Rourke has worked to keep himself in the public eye, regularly staying in touch with his supporters and sitting for an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The former House Democratic lawmaker told CBS interviewer Gail King on "CBS This Morning" that the president may have obstructed justice and there may have been collusion with Russian Federation.

O'Rourke said he will hold a kick-off rally for his campaign on March 30 in El Paso, Texas.

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