Beto O’Rourke sat inside the kitchen in his home, located just blocks from Mexico, as he made the case for his presidential campaign — one born from President Donald Trump’s intense focus on the border as a dangerous place in urgent need of a wall.
O’Rourke, 46, who was a little known congressman from El Paso when Trump was elected, officially entered the 2020 presidential race Thursday, ending months of speculation that began after the Democrat narrowly lost a Senate seat in reliably red Texas.
The announcement makes O’Rourke the second Texan to enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, which already has more than a dozen other announced candidates. He also becomes the first prominent El Paso politician to seek the nation’s highest office and the only candidate in the race who lives on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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