Beto O'Rourke plans to run for president

Beto O'Rourke plans to run for president

Beto O'Rourke plans to run for president

Former El Paso Congressman and failed senatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke has officially made the announcement: he's running for president in 2020.

Beto O'Rourke speaks to Oprah Winfrey on stage during a taping of her TV show in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 5, 2019.

O'Rourke became a national star during his 2018 Senate bid a year ago, despite the fact that he was defeated by incumbent Ted Cruz.

"They will either consume us, or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America", he added.

O'Rourke joined what is shaping up to be a diverse Democratic field that includes senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, and Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard.

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O'Rourke, 47, served three terms in Congress representing a region of West Texas along the USA border with Mexico. "It's a big part of why I'm running".

O'Rourke, who is starting a three-day swing through eastern Iowa on Thursday, said he will hold a kick-off rally for his campaign in El Paso, Texas, on March 30.

"I'm a capitalist", O'Rourke told reporters last month.

Several reports said that O'Rourke's volunteers from his Senate run had been contacted and urged to be ready to get back to work.

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