Democrat Beto O'Rourke Jumps Into 2020 US Presidential Race

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Beto O'Rourke is running for president, hoping to build on the momentum the Democrat generated in a Senate contest a year ago.

Mr O'Rourke was little-known outside his hometown of El Paso until he challenged Republican Senator Ted Cruz previous year.

In a statement, Greenpeace USA climate director Janet Redman said O'Rourke has not yet offered or gotten behind a "real plan that acknowledges the urgency of the crisis".

O'Rourke planned to follow his announcement with a trip to Iowa, the state that will hold the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020. Which current candidate has the most to fear from his run?

O'Rourke's home-state appeal may not prove to be enough to make Texas competitive, however, as the Democrats try to deny President Donald Trump a second term.

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".

With his presidential effort, O'Rourke is hoping to leverage the fame he gained with his Senate race.

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".

O'Rourke told the Iowa crowd: "I could care less about your party persuasion, your religion, anything other than the fact that, right now, we are all Americans". "'Whether you meant it or not, I take that as a compliment, ' he says". The Post's Jeff Stein asked O'Rourke's team about "his key policy priorites", and has yet to hear back.

In 2012, he won against incumbent Democratic congressmanSilvestre Reyes in a Latino-majority district, and was re-elected twice before giving up his seat to run against Cruz.

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Trump took questions from the Oval Office during his meeting with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, and he was asked for his thoughts on O'Rourke's campaign announcement.

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