Former Texas congressman 46-year-old Beto O’Rourke announced on March 14, 2019; he is entering the 2020 presidential race. O’Rourke announced a three-minute video on Twitter.
O’Rourke will hold a rally in El Paso, Texas on March 30 to kick-off his campaign. He also plans on spending three days in Iowa starting March 7.
In the video announcing his bid, O’Rourke promised he would not run a negative campaign. He also wanted to bring out the best from people, and unite the country which is divided. He continued saying people saw what happened in Texas when one did not let differences stand between the nation and divide them.
In 2018, O’Rourke, who served in the House for three terms, narrowly losing a Senate race to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. His fundraising efforts raised over $80 million.
In an interview on March 13 with CNN, O’Rourke said the most pressing issues are related to climate. He went on to say that scientists know unless a significant change is made, in 12 years the decisions that were made regarding climate will affect our children and generations to come.
O’Rourke also said he had other priorities. He would re-write immigration policies that reflect American values. He would also work on healthcare to ensure everybody had medical coverage. O’Rourke planned on helping rural communities which have been forgotten.
Education and training to help people find employment was also important. Finally, he wanted to invest in people who presently were working, so they would not have to work at more than one job to pay for basic necessities.
A CNN poll in Dec. 2018 found 28% of Iowa caucus-goers polled had very favorable views of the candidate. In March 209, the number fell to 19 percent.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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