O’Rourke is the latest to join the Democratic race for presidency

Beto O’Rourke, a skateboarding former punk rocker feted as one of the Democratic Party’s rising stars, announced on Thursday that he is running for President. “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,” Mr. O’Rourke, 46, said in a video, filmed alongside his wife in their El Paso, Texas home.

In an article, published online hours before his announcement, Mr. O’Rourke acknowledged his ambition for the top job but stopped short of confirming his run. “Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment,” he said.

Mr. O’Rourke now enters a pool of 14 other Democrats seeking to oust President Donald Trump. They include several U.S. Senators — Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and the leader among current candidates, liberal powerhouse Bernie Sanders.

The last main piece of the 2020 election puzzle on the Democrats’ side is former Vice-President Joe Biden, who has said he will reveal his political plans soon.


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