Democrat Beto O'Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he's running for president in 2020.
He released an announcement video from El Paso, in which he sits on a couch and addresses the camera, linking arms with his wife, Amy. "The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory".
"We saw the power of this in Texas, where people allowed no difference, however great or however small, to stand between them and divide us", O'Rourke said. But O'Rourke's momentum seemed to be revived in a big way last month amid the debate over building a wall along the Mexican border - right along his hometown of El Paso. "And they will either consume us, or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America". But during his election night concession speech, he let rip the kind of casual swearing that freckled an unorthodox campaign, declaring to supporters on national television: "All of you, showing the country how you do this, I'm so f--ing proud of you guys", before promising, "We'll see you down the road".
Little touched upon during his hyped Senate run, but may prove a liability in the Democratic primary, is O'Rourke's mixed voting record. Ted Cruz (R-TX) last November.
"I am running to serve you as the next president", O'Rourke captioned his video.
His fundraising prowess, as well as his ability to engage younger voters and communities of color in Texas, garnered national attention for O'Rourke throughout his campaign.
Ted Cruz previous year, O'Rourke was little known outside his hometown of El Paso.
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. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
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 was a heavy underdog when he challenged Cruz, a Republican, in mostly conservative Texas, but he quickly demonstrated an ability to draw capacity crowds and raise money from voters nationwide.
"Man, I'm just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment", O'Rourke said.
"What I liked most about his race was that it didn't feel constantly poll-tested", Obama said during a podcast taping with his former top strategist David Axelrod. "It's just how I think, how I find the next step".
Beto O'Rourke has announced that he is going to run for president in 2020!