Beto O'Rourke calls for legalizing marijuana

The enthusiasm generated by former three-term Rep. Beto O'Rourke may seem reminiscent of another politician who had only spent a few years in Congress before running for the White House — President Barack Obama

"That's part of the problem, and I'm a white man".

O'Rourke, a former congressman who lost a Texas Senate seat to incumbent Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections, confirmed his run in a text to NBC affiliate station KTSM.

Trump took questions from the Oval Office during his meeting with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, and he was asked for his thoughts on O'Rourke's campaign announcement.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar welcomed Beto O'Rourke to the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, telling CNN's Poppy Harlow in an interview that she believes more competition in the Democratic primary is good for the party and that she isn't anxious about the former congressman's fundraising prowess. He visited with students in the key swing state of Wisconsin.

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"I think he has got a lot of hand movement, I've never seen so much hand movement", Mr. Trump told reporters.

He also held a rally in El Paso on the same night in February that Republican President Donald Trump staged one there.

The trip will serve as the first test of whether O'Rourke can carry to the national political stage the pop-star appeal he showed in Texas past year, drawing enthusiastic crowds and $80 million in campaign donations.

O'Rourke has three days of campaign events in Iowa planned and has promised to travel the country listening to would-be voters.

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Still missing from Democrats' path to success in Texas in 2020, lawmakers say, is a credible candidate to take on Republican Sen.

O'Rourke constantly avoided answering how he would handle migrant caravans that was heading toward the U.S. -Mexico border, despite immigration and border security overwhelmingly being the top issues for voters in Texas.

US Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, left, and US Sen.

But O'Rourke is far from a front-runner just yet - with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a White House bid, leading polls.

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O'Rourke is holding a Texas kickoff of his presidential campaign March 30 in El Paso. Though he previously expressed support for single-payer, Politico reported that O'Rourke abruptly stopped using the words "Medicare for All" and "single-payer" during last year's Senate race.

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