Following months of speculation, O'Rourke announced that he would be seeking the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2020 and opted for his campaign slogan to be "Beto for America", which boldly appears on his newly-minted campaign website. We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth.
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O'Rourke has an influential social media presence and demonstrated a grassroots fundraising prowess in his unsuccessful Senate bid, raising a whopping $80 million. He will hold a launch event in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, on March 30. "Still, there's a lot in O'Rourke's record we're wary of, most notably his comment during a Senate debate a year ago that it's a false choice between fossil fuels and renewable energy". But with just three terms in the House and losing his only statewide bid for office, it could lead others to question whether O'Rourke has the necessary experience for the nation's highest office.
O'Rourke tends to get stellar press: For example, he's the next cover subject for Vanity Fair, with Annie Leibovitz photos to boot. In an interview for the piece, the former congressman talked about his presidential ambitions. "I want to make sure every American has that opportunity". "Man, I'm just born to be in it".
"Beto O'Rourke will have to define himself against a crowded field of Democratic candidates, but he doesn't feel the need to draw blood to define himself". O'Rourke will have to make a robust argument about why Democrats should instead back a white man. "It's a big part of why I'm running". If I were to run, if I were to win, that my administration looks like this country.
He continued: "But I totally understand people who will make a decision based on the fact that nearly every single one of our presidents has been a white man, and they want something different for this country".
"I have nothing to say to that".
Early opinion polls on the 2020 race have consistently ranked O'Rourke in the top tier of contenders, behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet announced whether he is running, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.