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May 23, 2019

Beto O’Rourke to announce 2020 presidential campaign

March 14, 2019
Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke will announce his 2020 run on Thursday. (Kathy Willens / AP)

Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas Congressman who made a name for himself in a losing Senate bid against Ted Cruz, is set to announce his run for President.

The 46-year-old El Paso native will announce his official campaign Thursday morning, he confirmed to KTSM Wednesday.

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“I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents,” he texted 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 teasing a possible run for weeks, including in a Vanity Fair cover story published hours earlier.

“I want to be in it,” he told the magazine. “Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment.”

O’Rourke will kick off his campaign with a trip to Iowa Thursday, including a meet-and-greet event in Burlington, according to CNN.

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