Beto O'Rourke enters presidential conversation, but what are his chances?

Beto O’Rourke to Announce 2020 Presidential Bid

On Thursday, Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) finally announced that he is entering the 2020 presidential race, ending months of speculation.

O'Rourke, 47, served three terms in Congress representing a region of West Texas along the US border with Mexico.

Unlike many of his opponents who launched campaigns while barely registering in public opinion polls, O'Rourke begins in sixth place in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, receiving an average of 5 percent.

"Man, I'm just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment", he said of the presidential race. Which current candidate has the most to fear from his run? The Democratic field is so diverse, the ticket will likely have a man and a woman.

Is Beto O'Rourke pandering or is his message lost in translation? Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen.

"I think his chances are good because he has a certain appeal that causes people to pause and listen", Houston Rep. Al Green, a Democrat, said of O'Rourke.

O'Rourke planned to follow his announcement with a trip to Iowa, the state that will hold the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020. He has the potential to tap into various constituencies and, as the El Paso rally demonstrated, a willingness to take on the president.

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O'Rourke, whose given name is Robert Francis, acquired his nickname while growing up in El Paso.

Greeted by cheers when he arrived early Thursday at an event in Keokuk, Iowa, O'Rourke told the crowd it was his first visit ever to their state.

The former US representative, who lost to Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in Texas' 2018 Senate race, released a video announcing his candidacy hours before starting a three-day tour across Iowa.

His Senate bid generated a torrent of media attention and excited voters in a party desperate for fresh political faces.

Building a national presidential operation, however, is a different matter.

Another plus for O'Rourke is his fundraising prowess: In 2018, O'Rourke raised around $80 million for his Senate campaign, $37 million of which came from donations of $200 or less.

And as a congressman, O'Rourke supported a $2 billion military funding increase that benefited a company controlled by another major donor- real estate developer Woody Hunt, who also co-founded and funds an El Paso nonprofit organization that has employed O'Rourke's wife since 2016. the news outlet reported. I tell O'Rourke that perhaps he's simply too normal to be president. "I'm sure you'll agree". Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen.

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