Donald Trump's first reaction to Beto O'Rourke's 2020 campaign launch on Thursday had nothing to do with what the former Texas congressman said - because the president didn't hear a word of it.
The American and worldwide media jump up every time he makes a move and, unlike fellow Democratic candidates with far more experience, he was granted a cover interview with Vanity Fair and is...
The first of the state-by-state nominating contests will be in February 2019.
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.
The Iowa trip will be the first test of whether O'Rourke can convert the enthusiasm he built in Texas to the national stage. "I don't see how we're able to meet any of the fundamental challenges that we have as a country without, in part, harnessing the power of the market".
O'Rourke, 47, served three terms in Congress representing a region of West Texas along the US border with Mexico.
O'Rourke, whose given name is Robert Francis, acquired his nickname while growing up in El Paso, Texas. He visited with students in the key swing state of Wisconsin. "The challenges we face right now, the interconnected crises in our democracy, and our climate have never been greater".
With his presidential effort, O'Rourke is hoping to leverage the fame he gained with his Senate race.
"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. "Yet Mr. O'Rourke also comes to the 2020 race with few notable legislative accomplishments after three terms in the House representing El Paso...."
These include 2016 election hopeful Bernie Sanders as well as Californian senator Kamala Harris. O'Rourke accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants.