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Beto O'Rourke Joins Democratic Presidential Field

Beto O'Rourke Joins Democratic Presidential Field

Asked two hours later in the Oval Office for a verdict on O'Rourke, Trump's response was muted: 'Well I think he's got a lot of hand movement.

The first of the state-by-state nominating contests will be in February 2019. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) for "so much hand movement" while he speaks was another example of Trump insulting others for something he is known for.

An influential Iowa poll released last week showed O'Rourke as the first choice of just 5 percent of Democratic voters, behind four contenders, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet declared a bid, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

"Perhaps most importantly of all, because our very existence depends on it, we can unleash the ingenuity and creativity of millions of Americans who want to ensure that we squarely confront the challenge of climate change before it's too late", O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke, 47, served three terms in Congress representing a region of West Texas along the USA border with Mexico. He visited with students in the key swing state of Wisconsin.

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Of late, O'Rourke has tried to distance himself from some left-leaning candidates, such as Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, whom Trump has derided as "socialists".

"I'm not big on labels", O'Rourke told reporters in December when asked whether he could be considered a progressive.

Party liberals have zeroed in on O'Rourke's refusal while in the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sponsor legislation providing "Medicare-for-all" and free college tuition, although during his Senate campaign O'Rourke promoted the idea of universal healthcare.

O'Rourke said he will hold a kick-off rally for his campaign on March 30 in El Paso, Texas. "I said, 'Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?'" He encouraged people to "study it".


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