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Frederick Owens
March 15, 2019

Beto O'Rourke will seek the Democratic nomination to run for USA president, a source close to his campaign and an El Paso TV station said Wednesday.

Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke joined the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, ending months of speculation about whether he would join the throng of Democrats vying for the chance to run against President Donald Trump.

Democrat Beto O'Rourke urged full legalization of marijuana in the remarks on the first day of his 2020 presidential run, but also called for stigmatizing the drug like tobacco to discourage children from using it.

The first of the state-by-state nominating contests will be in February 2019.

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke said in the text.

The Iowa trip will be the first test of whether O'Rourke can convert the enthusiasm he built in Texas to the national stage. "It's the only way I know to meet that challenge", O'Rourke told the magazine.

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O'Rourke, a former three-term US congressman and a punk rocker in his youth, pledged to tackle "the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate".

His initial challenge in the Democratic presidential race will be to distinguish himself from candidates sharing his positions on key progressive issues, such as universal health care and refusing donations from corporate political action committees.

He told the network: 'How Congress chooses to address those set of facts and the findings which I believe are soon to see from the Mueller report is up to them.

King began by asking O'Rourke if he still feels Trump should be impeached.

O'Rourke, whose given name is Robert Francis, acquired his nickname while growing up in El Paso, Texas.

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.

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