EL PASO, Texas/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Beto O’Rourke, the Texan who gained a nationwide following together with his long-shot election battle towards U.S. Senator Ted Cruz final yr, will search the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, a supply near the marketing campaign stated on Wednesday.
O’Rourke, a 46-year-old former three-term U.S. consultant from West Texas, will make his announcement through video on social media at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT) on Thursday, the supply stated.
“I’m actually pleased with what El Paso did and what El Paso represents,” O’Rourke stated of his hometown in a textual content to TV station KTSM, which first reported his entry into the race. “It’s an enormous a part of why I’m working. This metropolis is the most effective instance of this nation at its finest.”
O’Rourke deliberate to observe his announcement with a visit to Iowa, the state that can maintain the primary Democratic nominating contest in February 2020.
Together with his presidential effort, O’Rourke is hoping to leverage the celebrity he gained together with his Senate race. He was a heavy underdog when he challenged Cruz, a Republican, in principally conservative Texas, however he shortly demonstrated a capability to attract capability crowds and lift cash from voters nationwide.
His Senate bid generated a torrent of media consideration and excited voters in a celebration determined for recent political faces. He misplaced the race by lower than three proportion factors, the tightest U.S. Senate contest within the state in 4 many years.
Early opinion polls on the 2020 race have constantly ranked O’Rourke within the high tier of greater than a dozen declared or doable Democratic contenders, behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not but stated whether or not he’s working, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2016 presidential contender who introduced his 2020 candidacy final month.
Vainness Truthful quoted O’Rourke as saying in an interview printed on Wednesday that he was conscious of his drawback as a white man at a time when many within the Democratic Occasion desire a girl or an individual of coloration for president.
“So if I had been to run, I feel it’s simply so vital that those that would comprise my group appeared like this nation. If I had been to run, if I had been to win, that my administration seems to be like this nation. It’s the one means I do know to fulfill that problem,” O’Rourke informed the journal.
KEEPING IN PUBLIC EYE
Since his Senate bid ended, O’Rourke has labored to maintain himself within the public eye, often staying in contact together with his supporters and sitting for an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
He took a well-publicized highway journey throughout the American Southwest, stopping at schools and diners. He visited with college students in the important thing swing state of Wisconsin.
He additionally held a rally in El Paso on the identical night time in February that Republican President Donald Trump staged one there. Each occasions within the Texas metropolis that borders Mexico drew hundreds and put the 2 males’s divergent positions on the border wall on sharp show.
In El Paso, Trump ridiculed O’Rourke as “a younger man who’s received little or no going for himself, besides he’s received an awesome first identify.” O’Rourke accused Trump of stoking “false worry” about immigrants.
Beginning with the Iowa caucuses subsequent yr, the Democrat who amasses nearly all of delegates nationwide in a collection of nominating contests will probably be nominated on the get together’s conference in the summertime, and can possible face Trump in November’s basic election.
Reporting by Julio-Cesar Chavez in El Paso, Texas, and James Oliphant in Washington; Extra reporting by Eric Beech and Mohammad Zargham in Washington; Enhancing by Peter Cooney