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PoliticsDemocratic 2020 field taking shape with Beto O'Rourke entry

15:15  15 march  2019
15:15  15 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

Beto O'Rourke jumping into 2020 presidential race

Beto O'Rourke jumping into 2020 presidential race Beto O’Rourke was born to run for president.

The 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries and caucuses will be a series of electoral contests organized by the Democratic Party to select the 3,768 delegates to the Democratic National

[Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.]. Beto O ’ Rourke , the 46-year-old former Texas congressman whose near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, announced his candidacy for president on Thursday

Democratic 2020 field taking shape with Beto O'Rourke entry

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WASHINGTON — The contours of the Democratic presidential primary came into clearer focus this week with Texan Beto O'Rourke's entry into the race — one of the final puzzle pieces in a contest that will be shaped by questions about race and gender, political ideology and generational change.

The sprawling Democratic field features candidates ranging from 37 to 77 years old; liberals and moderates; senators, governors and mayors; and an unprecedented number of women and minorities. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the only major contender still on the sidelines and has suggested he could remain there for several more weeks.

Beto O'Rourke to leap into 2020 Democratic presidential race

Beto O'Rourke to leap into 2020 Democratic presidential race Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke will launch his 2020 presidential bid on Thursday, ending months of speculation about whether he would join the sprawling field of Democrats vying for the chance to run against President Donald Trump. O'Rourke, who gained a national following with his long-shot election battle against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz last year, will make his announcement via video on social media at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT), a source close to the campaign said. He is expected to immediately set out on a campaign swing through Iowa, which holds the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020.

Beto O ' Rourke entered the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, beginning his bid to recapture what made And as O ' Rourke waited, the Democratic presidential field rapidly took shape around him. O ' Rourke 's father had switched from being a Democrat to a Republican as a local politician in El Paso.

By James Oliphant BURLINGTON, Iowa (Reuters) - Beto O ' Rourke launched a run on Thursday for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, hoping his FILE PHOTO: Beto O ' Rourke speaks to Oprah Winfrey on stage during a taping of her TV show in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New

The field has been awaiting O'Rourke's decision for months. He narrowly lost the Senate race in conservative Texas in November but became a political celebrity in the process, demonstrating an easy connection with voters and an eye-popping ability to raise money from small donors.

But the anticipation over O'Rourke, who served three terms in Congress, has rankled some in the party, who contend a woman or a minority would not be seen as a viable presidential candidate on the heels of a defeat.

"I wouldn't be surprised if there was an assumption of competence, an assumption of quality and a desire for him to run again, as a man," said MJ Hegar, who lost a close congressional race in Texas in the fall. "A question for me, as a woman, is 'Why did you lose?"

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Democrat Beto O'Rourke announces 2020 White House bid Former congressman Beto O'Rourke is running for president. The 46-year-old officially announced his 2020 Democratic primary bid Thursday with an online post. After months of teasing a bid, he's finally, formally hoping to turn buzz from a close loss in Texas' 2018 Senate race into a White House try. O'Rourke nearly upset Sen. Ted Cruz. Since then, his blend of Kennedy-esque looks, easygoing charisma and bipartisan optimism has helped his national political star burn brighter.

Former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O ' Rourke announced Thursday that he's running for president in 2020 , pledging to win over voters O ' Rourke formally announced Thursday that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he'd try to

The democratic presidential hopeful field expanded by one on Thursday morning, when Beto O ’ Rourke , the 46-year-old former Texas congressman O ’ Rourke told US media that he would run as a Democratic candidate for president. He had first suggested that he was running in an article for

O'Rourke enters a race with no clear front-runner. Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have topped early polling, reflecting the reservoir of goodwill each has with a sizable share of the primary electorate but hardly guaranteeing either an easy path to the nomination.

With the first primary contest still 11 months away, huge uncertainties hang over the field. Among them: Which candidates can raise enough money to sustain a long and grueling campaign?

Sanders set the pace for grassroots donations, pulling in $6 million during his first day as a candidate, according to his campaign. In the final weeks of the first fundraising quarter of the year, many wealthy donors are waiting to make commitments.

"You really have to have a plan to stay alive," said Joel Benenson, a Democratic pollster who worked for Barack Obama's and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaigns. "This is not just about having one demographic group. You're going to have to have broad reach to stay alive."

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Beto O ' Rourke , the former Texas congressman, is running for president. He took so long to decide to run for president — waiting a few months instead of striking while the iron was hot after the 2018 midterm elections — that some observers are asking if he's joining the Democratic field much too late.

The former congressman from El Paso enters a crowded Democratic field – can he solidify his platform and take it to a national level? Beto O ' Rourke announces 2020 run for presidency. O ’ Rourke ’s political track record is relatively thin in the regular playbook. He had a partially successful

Democratic 2020 field taking shape with Beto O'Rourke entry© The Associated Press In this March 14, 2019, photo, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks to reporters after a meet and greet at the Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinkery in Burlington, Iowa. The contours of the Democratic presidential primary came into clearer focus this week with O’Rourke’s entry into the race. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) The debates, which begin in June, also loom as the first real test of how the candidates will draw contrasts with one another. Thus far, the Democrats have refrained from challenging one another in public, arguing that party unity will be crucial in the general election campaign against President Donald Trump.

"If you don't end up being the nominee, let's have none of this lingering acrimony after the nominee has been selected," New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said Thursday. "Everybody needs to unify around the candidate because that's where the strength of the Democratic Party is."

It was notable that O'Rourke's entry into the race was accompanied by a notable uptick in the kind of political shadowboxing the candidates have largely avoided, showing he has the attention of his competitors.

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Former Texas Senate candidate Beto O ' Rourke has entered the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field . (He was at the festival to promote a documentary about his Senate campaign called Running With Beto , co-produced by the Obama alumni outfit Crooked Media.)

Beto O ' Rourke announces 2020 run for presidency. The Texas Democrat has drawn comparisons to Barack Obama for his charisma and hopeful message. The former congressman from El Paso enters a crowded Democratic field – can he solidify his platform and take it to a national level?

Just after O'Rourke announced his campaign Thursday morning, another Texan running for president, Julian Castro, released a list of endorsements from Democrats in the state. California Sen. Kamala Harris announced she plans to headline a rally in Texas later this month. And she sent a fundraising appeal that singled out O'Rourke by name and pointedly mentioned the "record number of women and people of color" running for the Democratic nomination.

O'Rourke, 46, said he knows that being a white man in a party eager to promote women and minorities may be a challenge.

"I totally understand people who will make a decision based on the fact that almost every single one of our presidents has been a white man, and they want something different for this country," O'Rourke said in a Vanity Fair cover story published on the eve of his campaign announcement. "And I think that's a very legitimate basis upon which to make a decision. Especially in the fact that there are some really great candidates out there right now."

Some Democrats welcomed O'Rourke's entry into the race. He received a handful of endorsements from congressional colleagues, who praised his unifying message.

Jennifer Palmieri, a former adviser to Obama and Clinton, said the Texan's raw talent would help raise the bar for the rest of the field.

Beto O'Rourke in talks with veteran Democratic strategist to become campaign manager

Beto O'Rourke in talks with veteran Democratic strategist to become campaign manager Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is in discussions with veteran Democratic strategist Jen O'Malley Dillon to become his campaign manager, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); O'Rourke told reporters in Milwaukee on Sunday that he is "in talks" with someone to become his campaign manager and has offered the job to one person. He did not say who that person is.

Beto O ’ Rourke , the 46-year-old former Texas congressman, who surged to prominence by nearly unseating Republican Senator Ted Cruz in last The democratic presidential hopeful field expanded by one on Thursday morning, when Beto O ’ Rourke , the 46-year-old former Texas congressman, who

The Democrats ’ 2020 presidential field already has several senators, a couple of governors, a couple of mayors, a former cabinet secretary, and as of this But with Beto , in all candor, I’m just not sure what to think. The list of reasons to assume the former congressman will fall short is probably obvious.

"Good candidates make each other better, and it raises the level of competition," Palmieri said.

With O'Rourke officially in the race, Biden is the only major player left to declare. A few long-shot candidates, most notably Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, may also still get in before the field is set.

Biden's team has yet to formally hire any staff. But his advisers have been signaling to Democratic operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire that the former vice president is ready to make the leap, likely in early April. He'll deliver a speech on Saturday before a friendly audience of Delaware Democrats.

"He wants to do it," said Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, who is a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and a Biden supporter. "He just wants to cross every T and dot every I."

Stacey Abrams, the popular Democrat who narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race in November, has also stoked speculation about a 2020 White House run. However, people close to Abrams say she is more likely to pursue a Senate campaign.

Abrams and Biden met privately Thursday in Washington.

Trump is closely monitoring the Democratic primary, including O'Rourke's announcement. He jabbed at O'Rourke's animated speaking style, saying, "He's got a lot of hand movement. Is he crazy or is that just how he acts?" and predicted victory over the eventual Democratic nominee.

"Whoever it is, I'll take him or her on," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

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Associated Press writers Will Weissert in Austin, Texas, Thomas Beaumont in Des Moines, Iowa, and Juana Summers and Elana Schor in Washington contributed to this report.

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Steve Bannon: This is the Democratic ticket Trump should fear.
President Trump's former campaign chairman Steve Bannon reportedly said that the president’s most dangerous 2020 opponents would be former Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “Beto on the ticket with Harris is the most dangerous ticket for Trump,” Bannon told a conservative group in Italy, according to the Daily Beast. “But don’t forget, the vampire is still alive: Hillary Clinton,” Bannon added.

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