O'Rourke tells Texas TV station he's running for president

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2019

Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke has confirmed in a text to an El Paso TV station that he will run for president.

O'Rourke became a national star during his 2018 Senate bid previous year, despite the fact that he was defeated by incumbent Ted Cruz.

Although he ultimately fell short, O'Rourke outperformed expectations for any Democrat in the deeply conservative state of Texas, falling less than three percentage points behind Cruz, the Republican incumbent.

O' Rourke heads to Iowa amid some signs his popularity there has waned in the past several weeks, as he has publicly deliberated about a run while more than a dozen Democrats leapt into the race.

It's official. Beto O'Rourke says he's running for president.

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

The field of Democratic candidates already includes Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Julian Castro, among others.

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke said of his hometown in a text to TV station KTSM, which first reported his entry into the race. "It's a big part of why I'm running". I tell O'Rourke that perhaps he's simply too normal to be president.

O'Rourke has the backing of a network of advocates who have independently been campaigning for him to run.

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