Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Beto O’Rourke tells Texas TV station he’s running for president

Beto O’Rourke tells Texas TV station he’s running for president

I tell O'Rourke that perhaps he's simply too normal to be president.

Beto O'Rourke will seek the Democratic nomination to run for US president, a source close to his campaign and an El Paso TV station said Wednesday.

He wrote: "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents".

The announcement will come Thursday morning, KTSM reported.

He added: "I want to be in it".

On Wednesday, Vanity Fair let loose a cover story in which Mr. O'Rourke says he'd like to run and thinks he'd do well.

O'Rourke catapulted to national prominence during his failed bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz back in November.

O'Rourke, a critic of President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policies, has been linked to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party in the mold of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

O'Rourke's entry would see him join a primary field of more than a dozen Democratic candidates, many of whom are women or people of color.

But unlike Trump, O'Rourke can appear nearly too innocent to be a politician-too decent, too wholesome, the very reason he became popular also the same reason he could be crucified on the national stage.

O'Rourke becomes the 15th Democrat to enter the race to decide who will take on Trump in the general election.

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