Beto O'Rourke has confirmed he's running for president

Beto O'Rourke raises fist among supporters before rally

Beto O'Rourke raises fist among supporters before rally

After months of speculation, O'Rourke formally announced on Thursday that he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Trump.

Beto O'Rourke, former Democratic congressman from the USA state of Texas, has announced that he will run for president in the 2020 election. The Democratic field is so diverse, the ticket will likely have a man and a woman. Vela said he also donated $2,000 to Julian Castro when the former San Antonio mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Obama announced his candidacy.

O'Rourke's Senate loss was the closest a Texas Democrat has come tobeating a Republican incumbent senator since 1978. "This will help John Cornyn and help the Republicans", Branham said.

His initial challenge in the Democratic presidential race will be to distinguish himself from candidates sharing his positions on key progressive issues, such as universal health care and refusing donations from corporate political action committees.

They include several USA senators: Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and the leader among the current candidates, liberal powerhouse Bernie Sanders. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also sent a fundraising email, saying, "I'm sure you've seen" O'Rourke's launch.

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.

"Middle schools are one of the fastest-growing markets for marijuana sales today", O'Rourke said Thursday at a campaign event in Iowa.

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country, and for every single one of us", O'Rourke said in his campaign video, while seated next to his wife, Amy.