Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Warren Joins Harris in Fundraising Off O’Rourke’s Candidacy Announcement

Warren Joins Harris in Fundraising Off O’Rourke’s Candidacy Announcement

A Texan who became the darling of Democrats despite losing his biggest political battle to date has become the 15th member of his party to enter the 2020 presidential race.

O'Rourke, who kicked off his campaign in Iowa on Thursday, will look to distinguish himself with a message of national unity and change while several other candidates in a crowded Democratic field of progressives have made major policy proposals.

The "Tinder moment" wasn't the first time O'Rourke poked fun at himself Thursday, however.

"I've never seen so much hand movement".

O'Rourke is holding a Texas kickoff of his presidential campaign March 30 in El Paso. "You may have that in Iowa as well, where farmers and ranchers and producers literally cannot get online, where people cannot start businesses in their own town or finish their education after high school because they cannot get online".


Klobuchar was not the only 2020 candidate to welcome O'Rourke on Thursday.

Castro, within an hour of O'Rourke's video announcement, released a list of 30 mostly Hispanic Texas Democratic endorsements, including many Rio Grande Valley lawmakers.

O'Rourke narrowly lost a senate campaign to Sen.

While he narrowly lost his U.S. Senate race to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz previous year, O'Rourke managed to build a nationwide following with his unconventional, optimistic style combined with a populist message that brought in nearly US$80 million in primarily small donations.

Klobuchar said she does not believe O'Rourke tightens her lane - "I don't think there's lanes yet" - and dodged a question about his ability to raise money after he raised and spent $80 million in his Texas Senate race. "I think people want us to rise above the pettiness, the smallness", O'Rourke told CNN at a later Thursday campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa.

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