Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman whose 2018 Senate bid against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lifted his national profile, has jumped into the 2020 presidential race.
“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,” he said in a video announcing his candidacy early Thursday.
“This is a defining moment of truth for this country and every single one of us,” he added, touching on health care, immigration, justice reform and climate change.
O’Rourke also vowed 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 strongly hinted at a desire to pursue a presidential fun in a Vanity Fair profile published Wednesday.
“You can probably tell that I want to run,” he told Vanity Fair. “I do. I think I’d be good at it.”
He is expected to hold multiple campaign events over the next several days in Iowa.
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