Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke has officially and publicly announced that he will run for President of the United States.
In a Twitter statement, O’Rourke entered the 2020 race, joining an already crowded field of Democrats for the nomination and eventual showdown with President Donald Trump.
I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one person can meet them on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us. Say you’re in: https://t.co/EKLdkVET2u pic.twitter.com/lainXyvG2n— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 14, 2019
“Amy and I are happy to share with you that I am running to serve you as the next President of the United States of America,” O’Rourke said in the statement. “This is a defining moment of truth for this country, and for every single one of us. The challenges we face right now; the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy, and out climate have never been greater.”
Our sister station, KTSM, was first to confirm the news late Thursday night via a text message.
“I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents,” O’Rourke said in the text. “It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best.”
The buzz has been growing around O’Rourke since his failed run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent, and former Presidential candidate, Ted Cruz.
While O’Rourke ultimately lost to Cruz, the margin of victory was much closer than many expected and the Democrat became a household name outside of his home state.
In the loss, O’Rourke was able to establish a brand and quickly became a figure on a national stage as the talks of the White House began to spread.
The former El Paso Congressman will now join a large field of Democrats that include Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Julian Castro, just to name a few.
One candidate who has yet to officially announce a run for the White House is former Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden is expected to announce his decision soon.
KTSM contributed to this report