Beto O'Rourke, the affable former congressman who rose to political stardom previous year when he almost ousted a Republican senator in traditionally conservative Texas, reportedly said Wednesday he is running for president.
While he narrowly lost his U.S. Senate race to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz past year, O'Rourke managed to build a nationwide following with his unconventional, optimistic style combined with a populist message that brought in nearly US$80 million in primarily small donations.More news: Woman awarded $42 million in baby powder terminal cancer lawsuit
He already had planned a visit to Iowa this weekend.
"Middle schools are one of the fastest-growing markets for marijuana sales today", O'Rourke said Thursday at a campaign event in Iowa. In an encouraging sign, however, a third of respondents said they did not know enough about him to have an opinion.More news: Is Lori Loughlin's Daughter Olivia Jade Getting Expelled For Bribery Case?
Mr O'Rourke has represented Texas' 16 congressional district for three terms in the US House of Representatives.
His initial challenge in the Democratic presidential race will be to distinguish himself from candidates sharing his positions on key progressive issues, such as universal health care and refusing donations from corporate political action committees. "I don't see how we're able to meet any of the fundamental challenges that we have as a country without, in part, harnessing the power of the market". And because Trump is known for his Twitter typos, and V and B are right next to each other on a keyboard, it took people a second to realize he was actually announcing his intention to veto the Senate's vote rejecting Trump's declaration of a National Emergency over immigration at the southwestern border.More news: Hallmark axes Lori Loughlin following college bribery arrest
Meanwhile, a source tied to O'Rourke's campaign confirmed to Reuters that the ex-congressman would be running.