On the day of President Trump's State of the Union address to Congress in February, O'Rourke sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey, and said he was thinking about running for president.
Robert is O'Rourke's legal first name.
While challenging Cruz, O'Rourke insisted that he had no interest in running for president, vowing to quietly return to El Paso should he lose. He joins a crowded field of more than a dozen Democrats vying for the party's nomination.
O'Rourke refused donations from outside political groups and shunned pollsters during his Senate campaign.
His entrance into the race is the culmination of his two-year, out-of-nowhere rise from a back-bench congressman largely unknown outside El Paso to Democratic stardom as a record-breaking fundraiser, the subject of an HBO documentary and the target of two separate efforts to draft him into the presidential campaign.
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Refraining from referring to his "Beto" nickname, Cotton took O'Rourke to task for telling MSNBC last month that he would "absolutely" tear down the border wall separating his hometown from Mexico. He was a heavy underdog when he challenged Cruz, a Republican, in mostly conservative Texas, but he quickly demonstrated an ability to draw capacity crowds and raise money from voters nationwide.
President Trump campaigned hard for Cruz, lobbing attacks against O'Rourke as he campaigned in the Lone Star State.
After graduating from Columbia, O'Rourke first moved to Brooklyn, then later returned home to El Paso, where he would become a city councilor and start his political career. Kamala Harris of California, most of the liftoffs by presidential hopefuls were low-key or fell flat. "It's the only way I know to meet that challenge", O'Rourke told the magazine. "I think I'd be good at it". "Democrats have to stand for their new set of policies", he said, describing those collectively as "making America socialist". "The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and to give it for all of us", O'Rourke said in the announcement with his wife Amy sitting silently by his side for the duration of the clip.
"We can free ourselves from the distinction of being the country that imprisons more of its fellow citizens than any other country on the face of the planet", O'Rourke said. He attended Columbia University, where he played in a punk rock band called Foss.