Beto O'Rourke Covers 'Vanity Fair,' Announces Presidential Bid

Minnie Murray
March 15, 2019

Former U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke, CC '95, declared his candidacy for president on Thursday, joining a diverse and crowded democratic field of challengers looking to deny President Donald Trump a second term.

Ticking off a list of crises that threaten the country, including inequality, lack of health care and the environmental problems posed by climate change, O'Rourke said it's time to make a stand.

O'Rourke vowed in an announcement video released Thursday morning to run a "positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country".

O'Rourke joins an ever-growing field of Democrat presidential candidates, which includes Sens.

Democrats have long dreamed that a booming Hispanic population and droves of Americans moving to Texas from elsewhere could turn the nation's largest red state blue and transform the Electoral College by making the Republican path to the presidency all but impossible.

The nominating process will test whether O'Rourke can translate that kind of support and star power to a different kind of campaign, one in which he'll be competing against other popular Democrats, not an opponent like Republican Sen.

While challenging Cruz, O'Rourke insisted that he had no interest in running for president, vowing to quietly return to El Paso should he lose.

He wrote: "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents". "We are going to show the country who we are. We were able to raise a million dollars in just the first 48 hours after I announced, and I'm running my own race", Klobuchar said.

And when Mr. Trump visited El Paso last month to talk about border security, O'Rourke held a dueling rally that captured the attention of the current commander in chief.

"I had to be moving, I had to be meeting people", O'Rourke told Oprah Winfrey in a February interview.

The president also blasted O'Rourke for his F rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

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. If I were to run, if I were to win, that my administration looks like this country.

O'Rourke's hand movements during a video he posted online early Thursday that announced he was running became a focus of online fascination. I think she is a very effective campaigner.

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