Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Beto O’Rourke to Announce 2020 Presidential Bid

Beto O’Rourke to Announce 2020 Presidential Bid

President Donald Trump offered his first reaction to Beto O'Rourke's 2020 presidential campaign by invoking O'Rourke's hand gestures and, apparently, questioning his mental condition.

Party liberals have zeroed in on O'Rourke's refusal while in the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor legislation providing "Medicare-for-all" and free college tuition, although during his Senate campaign O'Rourke promoted the idea of universal healthcare.

"The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and to give it for all of us", O'Rourke, 46, said in a video release. "Still, there's a lot in O'Rourke's record we're wary of, most notably his comment during a Senate debate previous year that it's a false choice between fossil fuels and renewable energy".

Acording to the Post, the former congressman's GOP ties are likely to become an issue as he enters a crowded Democratic presidential primary field that has leaned leftward.

Unlike many of his opponents who launched campaigns while barely registering in public opinion polls, O'Rourke begins in sixth place in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, receiving an average of 5 percent.

And if O'Rourke declares his candidacy, the last main piece of the 2020 election puzzle will be former vice president Joe Biden, who has said he will reveal his political plans soon.

For some, the enthusiasm the three-term congressman generated may have seemed reminiscent of another politician who had only spent a few years in Congress before running for the White House - President Barack Obama.

He took a well-publicized road trip across the American Southwest, stopping at colleges and diners.

Some had encouraged O'Rourke to make another run at the Senate again, challenging Republican Sen. O'Rourke accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants. "That's part of the problem, and I'm a white man".

"CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King will speak with O'Rourke for his only national TV interview following his 2020 announcement, Friday on "CBS This Morning" with a preview airing on "CBS Evening News" Thursday night.

"I'm not big on labels", O'Rourke told reporters in December when asked whether he could be considered a progressive. In a unusual response, Trump said, "I think he's got a lot of hand movement".

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