Democrat Beto O'Rourke urged full legalization of marijuana in the U.S.in remarks on the first day of his 2020 presidential run, but also called for stigmatizing the drug like tobacco to discourage children from using it.
After Cruz defeated O'Rourke, the former congressman revealed that he was mulling over running for president in 2020, despite repeatedly claiming that it was a "definitive no" regarding whether he would run or not.
O'Rourke constantly avoided answering how he would handle migrant caravans that was heading toward the U.S. -Mexico border, despite immigration and border security overwhelmingly being the top issues for voters in Texas.
But Vela, who said he donated $2,000 to O'Rourke on Thursday, stopped short of endorsing O'Rourke or any other candidate, at least for now. "I don't think anybody in that race knows what it's like". Elizabeth Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, have also spoken of the need for the USA government to reckon with and make up for centuries of stolen labor and legal oppression.
Castro, within an hour of O'Rourke's video announcement, released a list of 30 mostly Hispanic Texas Democratic endorsements, including many Rio Grande Valley lawmakers. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville; state Reps.
His candidacy drew praise from the Texas Democratic Party, which tweeted about his close, but unsuccessful, bid to unseat Sen.Ted Cruz during last year's midterm election.
In his interview with Vanity Fair, Beto O'Rourke also said that he was "born to do this", referring to his bid to be elected as the 46 president of the United State. The announcement finally ended the speculations that he will seek the presidential nomination as his popularity in the political arena soars. "He asked about: What will this do to my family?" Do I see a path to win? "And, of course, he's someone that comes, like I do, from the center of the country".