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

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Then he added: "Is he insane or is that just how he acts?"

Though his bid to dethrone Ted Cruz as Texas's junior senator last November ultimately proved unsuccessful, the 46-year-old rising star is banking on his sudden popularity to help take him from El Paso to the White House.

Unlike many of his opponents who launched campaigns while barely registering in public opinion polls, O'Rourke begins in sixth place in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, receiving an average of 5 percent.

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President Donald Trump offered his first reaction to Beto O'Rourke's 2020 presidential campaign by invoking O'Rourke's hand gestures and, apparently, questioning his mental condition.

"Middle schools are one of the fastest-growing markets for marijuana sales today", O'Rourke said Thursday at a campaign event in Iowa.

Acording to the Post, the former congressman's GOP ties are likely to become an issue as he enters a crowded Democratic presidential primary field that has leaned leftward.

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Democrat Beto O'Rourke has announced he is running for U.S. president, joining a crowded field of candidates vying to challenge Donald Trump in 2020. "I don't see how we're able to meet any of the fundamental challenges that we have as a country without, in part, harnessing the power of the market". I tell O'Rourke that perhaps he's simply too normal to be president.

Vanity Fair quoted O'Rourke as saying in an interview published on Wednesday that he was aware of his disadvantage as a white man at a time when many in the Democratic Party want a woman or a person of color for president. 'I do. I think I'd be good at it'.

O'Rourke is in Iowa for three days of campaigning, which includes canvassing for a Democratic state Senate candidate in an upcoming special election, running a 5K race and taping an episode of a local political podcast.

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O'Rourke, whose given name is Robert Francis, as a child acquired his nickname "Beto", a common shortening of "Roberto" for Spanish speakers.