Democrat Beto O'Rourke announces run for president in 2020


Newly official presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says the November election may be the "best way" to determine President Trump's fate - a stance that softens his earlier call for impeachment to proceed.

O'Rourke followed his announcement by launching a three-day visit to Iowa, the Midwestern farm state that will hold the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020. 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.

O'Rourke heads to Iowa amid some signs his popularity there has waned in the past several weeks, as he has publicly deliberated about a run while more than a dozen Democrats leapt into the race.

His social media presence and enormous fundraising power lifted him from a little-known three-term congressman to a Democratic rockstar with a following that stretched well beyond Texas.

The trip will serve as the first test of whether O'Rourke can carry to the national political stage the pop-star appeal he showed in Texas a year ago, drawing enthusiastic crowds and $80 million in campaign donations.

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O'Rourke, whose given name is Robert Francis, as a child acquired his nickname "Beto", a common shortening of "Roberto" for Spanish speakers. According to the latest edition of Vanity Fair, Mr O'Rourke said: "You can probably tell that I want to run. I do".

Fellow Texan Julian Castro distributed a list of Texas Democrats who had already gotten behind the former federal housing chief's campaign.

King began by asking O'Rourke if he still feels Trump should be impeached.

"Well, I think he's got a lot of hand movement". "I said, 'Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?'" He encouraged people to "study it".