Beto O'Rourke, who said weeks ago that he had made a decision on running for president in 2020, has now chose to share that decision with the world. Spectator spoke to O'Rourke's old roommates and fellow rowers in August, none of whom described him as a student who exhibited any propensity for a political future.
O'Rourke was first elected to Congress in 2012, upsetting eight-term Rep. Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary.
As noted by The Daily Wire on Thursday morning, rumors that O'Rourke will team with former Vice President Joe Biden for a prime Democrat 2020 ticket have circulated for some time.
O'Rourke visited all 254 of Texas' counties while running for Senate and often drew larger-than-expected crowds, including in conservative areas that Democrats gave up on decades ago.
O'Rourke is in Iowa for three days of campaigning, which includes canvassing for a Democratic state Senate candidate in an upcoming special election, running a 5K race and taping an episode of a local political podcast.
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Gingrich added that O'Rourke had $80 million in the race against Cruz, but still lost in Texas, and he doesn't think he can take the state from Trump either.
President Donald Trump has mostly remained silent about the ever-growing list of candidates who have joined the Democratic race for the party's 2020 nomination to face him.
Trademark, black-and-white "Beto for Senate" yard signs became staples in places like NY and Los Angeles - with some supporters now converting them to read "Beto for President 2020". Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker and Bernie Sanders, among others.
O'Rourke had mulled a presidential run for months and took an unusual break for what appeared to be some soul-searching after his loss, taking a road trip to New Mexico, Kansas and elsewhere. "At this moment of maximum peril and maximum potential, let's show ourselves and those who will succeed us in this great country, just who we are and what we can do".
The former Texas congressman said at a campaign event in Iowa Thursday that as marijuana use has increased, tobacco use has "plummeted" in the last 40 years as it has been treated as a public health issue and marketed as "not cool". A recent Public Policy Polling survey gave O'Rourke 47 percent to Trump's 41 percent.
O'Rourke has shrugged off such complaints, saying he doesn't know if he's liberal enough to be called a "progressive" and doesn't much care for party labels.