Beto O'Rourke is Running for the White House in 2020. It's Confirmed!
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Beto O'Rourke is Running for the White House in 2020. It's Confirmed!

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Image Attribute: The file photo of Beto O'Rourke at the Telemundo Debate on October 4, 2012. / Source: Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

Image Attribute: The file photo of Beto O'Rourke at the Telemundo Debate on October 4, 2012. / Source: Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

On March 14, 2019, a local El Paso television station KTSM 9 News has reported Beto O’Rourke's confirmation of his intentions Thursday to seek the Democratic nomination for president via a tweet. If he does that, he will become 15th Democrat to enter the 46th presidential race.

"I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents," O’Rourke told KTSM 9 News. "It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best."

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Earlier in the day, Vanity Fair magazine published a story on O’Rourke’s thinking on whether to enter the crowded Democratic field. "I want to be in it... Man, I'm just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment," O’Rourke told the magazine.

Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke represented Texas's 16th congressional district for three terms in the United States House of Representatives. A native of El Paso, Texas, O'Rourke served on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 after defeating incumbent Silvestre Reyes in a Democratic primary. O'Rourke declined to seek re-election to the House in 2018 and instead ran for U.S. Senate.

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As the 2018 Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, O'Rourke was narrowly defeated by Republican incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. At the same time, during the campaigning Texas Republicans, circulated a photo of 20-something O’Rourke as "an immature drunk" and "former-criminal punk rocker." O’Rourke was arrested twice, but not convicted, in his 20s; a 1995 misdemeanor arrest for jumping a fence at University of Texas at El Paso campus — filed as a burglary — and a 1998 misdemeanor drunken-driving arrest in El Paso.

However, "the stunt" seems to have backfired for Republicans at that time because, despite O’Rourke’s narrow loss, his high-profile candidacy helped Democrats retake House seats and control of the chamber.

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Last year, Beto has endured verbal barrage from current US President Donald Trump (during the Senate campaigning) when the latter called the 46-year-old representative a "total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz" who "comes nowhere near representing the values and desires" of Texans. And, recently Trump was dismissive of O’Rourke at his first rally of the year in El Paso, Texas (kicking his 2020 campaign), mocking him as "a young man who’s got very little going for himself except he’s got a great first name."  But,  O’Rourke seized the opportunity to re-establish his footing by participating in a conference call with reporters, before Trump arrived for his campaign rally. Then he timed his speech to bracket Trump’s appearance, ensuring side-by-side coverage.

As the months pass by (in 2019/2020), it is highly expected to witness an intense slugfest (reaching a 2016-campaign level or more) between the candidates. Ultimately, only time and people's vote will decide on where we will actually make our stand in 2020.