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The station reported he texted, "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents. I think it's important to have people that are running from different parts of the country".

The website opens with O'Rourke's campaign slogan, "Beto For America", and features three tabs: one to buy merchandise, one to apply for a job on the campaign and a third to donate money.

Several hours after announcing his bid for the White House, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, defined one significant aspect of his platform, saying he'd suspend capital punishment at the federal level.

O'Rourke joins a crowded field of Democrats who want to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 vote.

O'Rourke almost upset Sen.

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

I am running to serve you as the next president. "So if I were to run, I think it's just so important that those who would comprise my team looked like this country".

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Cohn eventually left the White House in March 2018 in the wake of a battle with the President over steel and aluminum tariffs. In a statement to The Times, a spokesman for Abbe Lowell, Kushner's attorney, flatly rejected the claims made in the book.

After months of speculation, O'Rourke formally announced on Thursday that he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Trump.

O'Rourke's everyman image, which, along with his hands, was on full display in Iowa Thursday morning, helped propel him close to a historic upset of Republican Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterms.

FiveThirtyEight reports: 'O'Rourke's national appeal to Democrats might be that he could push progressive boundaries and motivate a minority community without alienating independent white suburban voters.

In El Paso, Trump ridiculed O'Rourke as "a young man who's got very little going for himself, except he's got a great first name".

"Maybe that will happen to Beto O'Rourke but I somehow doubt it".

The Iowa trip will be the first test of whether O'Rourke can take the pop-star appeal he showed in Texas past year to the national stage. In the 115th Congress, O'Rourke voted with President Trump 30 percent of the time, a much higher rate than many of his primary rivals.

Ending his announcement video in momentous terms, O'Rourke said, "We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth".