Democrat rising star O’Rourke to launch 2020 White House bid

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Beto O’Rourke, the affable former congressman who rose to political stardom last year when he nearly ousted a Republican senator in traditionally conservative Texas, reportedly said on Wednesday he is running for president.

The 46-year-old Democrat confirmed to local station KTSM that he is seeking his party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential race, and will make the announcement soon, the television broadcaster in O’Rourke’s home town of El Paso reported.

“I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents,” O’Rourke said according to the station.

“It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”

O’Rourke has been discussed as a potential candidate ever since his unexpectedly tight race against Senator Ted Cruz, when his grassroots campaign of inclusion and getting people politically involved gained national attention.

Former Democratic Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke. – AP