Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Beto O'Rourke Nabs First Congressional Endorsement from Kathleen Rice

Beto O'Rourke Nabs First Congressional Endorsement from Kathleen Rice

Beto O'Rourke announced Thursday he is running for president, entering the 2020 race with a call for Americans to look past their differences in order to confront the challenges facing the country. O'Rourke went through a list of Democratic priorities, including health care, climate change, family separation and criminal justice reform, gesturing or chopping with his hands to emphasize each point.

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us".

Telling the diners that this is his first visit to Iowa, O'Rourke told them that he wanted to hear what's on their minds.

He captioned it, "I am running to serve you as the next president".

O'Rourke joins a field of more than 16 Democrats, two of whom also attended Columbia: John Delaney, CC '85, and Andrew Yang, Law '99. "We're going to make a stand to ensure that we live up to our promise, to our potential, to our objective as a country".

Weeks of gleefully teasing an announcement are behind him, but O'Rourke now must prove whether his unique campaign style will resonate on a much larger stage than Texas.

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

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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.

O'Rourke said he will hold a kick-off rally for his campaign on March 30 in El Paso, Texas. But that's not the case with Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman who threw his hat in the ring late Wednesday.

Throughout that race, O'Rourke had insisted he would not run for president - but that stance shifted after he lost.

They include several USA senators: Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and the leader among the current candidates, liberal powerhouse Bernie Sanders. "It's a big part of why I'm running", O'Rourke told KTSM in a text message.

After graduating from Columbia, O'Rourke first moved to Brooklyn, then later returned home to El Paso, where he would become a city councilor and start his political career.

The 46-year-old announced his 2020 Democratic primary bid Thursday with an online post. "I can't remember one speech that he gave on the floor or one bill that he passed", he said during his own Fox appearance. I think she is a very effective campaigner.

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