Beto O'Rourke Officially Announces 2020 Run

Beto O'Rourke Officially Announces 2020 Run

Sen. Amy Klobuchar welcomed Beto O'Rourke to the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, telling CNN's Poppy Harlow in an interview that she believes more competition in the Democratic primary is good for the party and that she isn't anxious about the former congressman's fundraising prowess.

"First of all, you pronounced it incorrectly: It's Robert Francis", Gidley told a Fox anchor, using the former three-term congressman's given name.

Best of luck to Veto O'Rourke on the campaign trail.

"Amy and I are happy to share with you that I'm running to serve you as the next president of the United States of America", O'Rourke said in a video announcing his candidacy.

As noted by The Daily Wire on Thursday morning, rumors that O'Rourke will team with former Vice President Joe Biden for a prime Democrat 2020 ticket have circulated for some time.

The possibility of O'Rourke running has been the subject of a lot of speculation after his challenge to Cruz previous year.

O'Rourke becomes the 15th Democrat to enter the race to decide who will take on Trump in the general election.

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He plans to formally announce his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, according to KTSM. Another Texas Democrat, former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro, was already running.

During the race, O'Rourke had said he was not interested in running for president, but after his loss in November, he said he was seriously considering it. It's a strategy that could serve him well in Iowa, where Cruz campaigned in all 99 counties before winning its caucus during the 2016 GOP presidential primary.

Klobuchar, asked about O'Rourke on Thursday, let out a hearty, "Welcome!" His trademark black-and-white "Beto for Senate" signs became hipster must-haves a year ago in some parts of Seattle, Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He's also planning a campaign rally in El Paso on March 30.

O'Rourke refused to hire pollsters for his Senate campaign and only employed a digital consulting firm.

O'Rourke has an influential social media presence and demonstrated a grassroots fundraising prowess in his unsuccessful Senate bid, raising a whopping $80 million.

Gingrich shared who he believes will be the Democratic candidate: Kamala Harris. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us.

"I'm just born to do this", he told the magazine. But it's a question he may not be able to duck forever, especially with Sanders in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary fray.

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