Beto O'Rourke launches 2020 bid for president, Texas TV station confirms

Beto O'Rourke is running for President in 2020

Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman thrown into the spotlight by his close-fought bid to oust Ted Cruz from the Senate, is set to enter the race to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 United States presidential election.

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 York, U.S., February 5, 2019. Ted Cruz previous year.

Two people familiar with O'Rourke's planning told AP the Democrat is expected to visit Burlington Iowa, a working class community on the MS river in the southeastern part of the state. Which current candidate has the most to fear from his run?

It's official. Beto O'Rourke says he's running for president.

When the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll was first run in December, O'Rourke placed third, the top choice of 11 percent.

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Of late, O'Rourke has tried to distance himself from some left-leaning candidates, such as Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, whom Trump has derided as "socialists".

Prior to his Senate bid, O'Rourke had kept a relatively low profile as a three-term congressman with little name recognition.

"I'm a capitalist", O'Rourke told reporters last month. "It's a big part of why I'm running".

O'Rourke, an El Paso-area lawmaker who put a scare into incumbent GOP Sen.

Several reports said that O'Rourke's volunteers from his Senate run had been contacted and urged to be ready to get back to work.

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