Beto O'Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

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

Beto O'Rourke, the affable former congressman who rose to political stardom past year when he almost ousted a Republican senator in traditionally conservative Texas, reportedly said Wednesday he is running for president. "I don't see how we're able to meet any of the fundamental challenges that we have as a country without, in part, harnessing the power of the market", O'Rourke said.

On immigration, O'Rourke said, "All of us, wherever you live, can acknowledge that if immigration is a problem, it's the best possible problem for this country to have".

The sports and entertainment world already had its eye on O'Rourke during the Senate campaign: NBA star LeBron James wore an O'Rourke hat after video of the Texan defending NFL players' right to protest during the national anthem went viral.

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Meanwhile, Gingrich compared O'Rourke, the former representative from Texas who almost defeated Sen.

Mr. O'Rourke launched his campaign in an online video and made the first of a series of campaign stops Thursday in Iowa, where the Democratic nomination contest will kick off next year. Ted Cruz will mount a 2020 campaign to defeat President Donald Trump. By signaling that he was even open to throwing his hat in the ring for 2020, however, O'Rourke continued to generate buzz and speculation in the sprawling field of prospective Democratic candidates for 2020.

The Iowa trip will be the first test of whether O'Rourke can take the pop-star appeal he showed in Texas a year ago to the national stage.

"And on moral grounds", he added, "I oppose the death penalty". Ted Cruz in deeply red Texas last November.

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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.

O'Rourke conceded explicitly to Vanity Fair that he wants to run. I think she is a very effective campaigner.

"CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King will speak with O'Rourke for his only national TV interview following his 2020 announcement, Friday on "CBS This Morning" with a preview airing on "CBS Evening News" Thursday night.

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