Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke Announces 2020 White House Bid

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke has formally announced that he’ll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he’d try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid.

O’Rourke had told a local news station in El Paso that he was going to run and would make the formal announcement Thursday morning. “I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents,” he reportedly said in the text to KTSM in El Paso. “It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)

Until he challenged Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last year, O’Rourke was little known outside his hometown of El Paso. But the Spanish-speaking 46-year-old former punk rocker became a sensation…

Original published: 2019-03-14 05:24:46 Read the full Dallas News here

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