O'Rourke's Donor Roots Are GOP Businessmen — WashPost

O'Rourke's Donor Roots Are GOP Businessmen — WashPost

O'Rourke's Donor Roots Are GOP Businessmen — WashPost

Former Vice President Joe Biden has not announced his plans to run but he's expected to make that move in the coming weeks.

"There's a lot in O'Rourke's record we're wary of, most notably his comment during a Senate debate a year ago that it's a false choice between fossil fuels and renewable energy". He has the potential to tap into various constituencies and, as the El Paso rally demonstrated, a willingness to take on the president. National interest in his campaign led to around $20 million in out-of-state donations'.

"Man, I'm just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment", he said of the presidential race. But with just three terms in the House and losing his only statewide bid for office, it could lead others to question whether O'Rourke has the necessary experience for the nation's highest office.

At the end of the month, on March 30, O'Rourke plans to return to El Paso to kick off his campaign.

O'Rourke joins a crowded field of more than a dozen Democrats as a wildcard.

O'Rourke almost upset Sen. John Cornyn in 2020, but he chose to seek higher office instead. "I think people want us to rise above the pettiness, the smallness", O'Rourke told CNN at a later Thursday campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa. "I've never seen so much hand movement. I just truly emerged out of this by being with people".

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke said according to the station.

Fellow Texan Julian Castro distributed a list of Texas Democrats who had already gotten behind the former federal housing chief's campaign.

The former Texas congressman said at a campaign event in Iowa Thursday that as marijuana use has increased, tobacco use has "plummeted" in the last 40 years as it has been treated as a public health issue and marketed as "not cool". Statistics have shown violent crime had dropped in the city well before its wall was erected.

Below, read a selection of real quotes from Hagan, who went on to describe O'Rourke as "down to earth", "charismatic", and "gifted with this, you know, connection" Thursday morning on CNN. "We're going to make a stand to ensure that we live up to our promise, to our potential, to our objective as a country". O'Rourke accused Trump of stoking "false fear" about immigrants. It's certainly interesting that he made a decision to go forward with national ambitions (despite a decidedly full playing field) when there are other more local campaigns he could take on. And he has the younger, newer face some in the party are eager for and has also gone toe-to-toe with Trump.

O'Rourke, whose given name is Robert Francis, as a child acquired his nickname "Beto", a common shortening of "Roberto" for Spanish speakers. He has a unique backstory that includes stints in punk rock bands.

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