Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke announced he will be running for president in a video released on Thursday. Last November, the 46-year-old narrowly lost a challenge, just three percent of points, to Republican Senator Ted Cruz but gained more votes than any Democrat in Texas history. He even gained a national following with his long-shot election battle. Also, Beto brought in a record of more than $80 billion which is mostly from small-dollar donations.
I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you're in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019
He is scheduled to begin his first tour of campaigns in Iowa, where the first Democratic nominating contest will be held. Has previously announced, he will be holding an event in Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday, where he is expected to visit other towns in eastern Iowa which is traditionally a Democratic stronghold.
Even though he lost against Sen. Cruz, O’Rourke came up as a top Democratic presidential contender which has brought up a comparison to Barrack Obama for his charisma and hopeful message. On Thursday, the former congressman called it “a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us.”
“The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and to give it for all of us. We are truly now more than ever the last great hope of Earth,” O’Rourke said in a video announcing his candidacy. “At this moment of maximum peril and maximum potential, let’s show ourselves and those who will succeed us in this great country just who we are and what we can do.”
In the video, he promises that “I’m going to travel this country and listen to those I seek to serve”. He said on 30 March he will then return to El Paso for a campaign. O’Rourke, whose given name is Robert Francis, acquired his nickname while growing up in El Paso, Texas.
“The challenges that we face right now; the interconnected crises in our economy,
our democracy, and our climate have never been greater. And they will either consume us, or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America.”, he said.