Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke is officially running for President.
The 46-year-old former representative from El Paso announced today he is a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
O’Rourke begins a three-day swing through Iowa today, less than a year before the state’s nominating caucuses.
He’ll hold a kickoff campaign rally in El Paso on March 30th.
O’Rourke’s profile has been high since he ran a surprisingly strong, but unsuccessful midterm election campaign against Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the Texas Democrat said “I’m born to be in it” when referring to the race for the White House.
O’Rourke’s photo, which graces the cover of the women’s magazine, smacks of a Time Magazine 1981 “Man of the Year” cover photo of former President Ronald Reagan.
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The magazine's cover has a photo of him reminiscent of Ronald Reagan's Time Man of the Year cover, and has the quote, "I want to be in it. Man, I'm just born to be in it."https://t.co/IzCT7c9wSP
— 🇺🇸The Gipper 2.0🇺🇸 (@FamilyisFirst_2) March 14, 2019
Recent polls show O’Rourke is still popular with Democratic voters months after losing a close race to Republican Senator Ted Cruz.