Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman who narrowly lost to Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate race, has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for president.
Ending months of speculation over his plans, O’Rourke threw his hat into a crowded primary field vying for the party’s blessing to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
“This is going to be a positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country,” O’Rourke said in a video announcement posted on Thursday morning. “We saw the power of this in Texas.”
O’Rourke promises in the video that “I’m going to travel this country and listen to those I seek to serve”. He says he will then return to El Paso on 30 March for a campaign kickoff. He invites would-be supporters “to the greatest grassroots campaign this country has ever seen”.