Democrat Beto O'Rourke jumped into the 2020 presidential race Thursday, shaking up the already packed field and pledging to win over voters from across the political spectrum as he tries to translate his sudden celebrity into a formidable White House bid.
In 2017, O'Rourke declared his candidacy for a Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz then a year after, in March 2018, he became the Democratic Party nominee, after gaining 61.8 percent of the primary vote. "I don't think anybody in that race knows what it's like".
O'Rourke constantly avoided answering how he would handle migrant caravans that was heading toward the U.S. -Mexico border, despite immigration and border security overwhelmingly being the top issues for voters in Texas.
Robert is O'Rourke's legal first name. "There are people in that are going to have resources from past elections and in terms of having lists and things because he was running against Ted Cruz, and I just view it as you run your own race, you appeal to people".
O'Rourke's record in Congress has drawn criticism from some for being too moderate, but he also spoke at length on Thursday about combating climate change and supporting the Green New Deal, a sweeping environmental plan backed by liberal Democrats.
But Vela, who said he donated $2,000 to O'Rourke on Thursday, stopped short of endorsing O'Rourke or any other candidate, at least for now.
Of late, O'Rourke has tried to distance himself from some left-leaning candidates, such as Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, whom Trump has derided as "socialists".
In his announcement video, O'Rourke said he would run 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".