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Beto O'Rourke to launch 2020 US presidential bid

Beto O'Rourke to launch 2020 US presidential bid

"If I were to run, I think it's just so important that those who would comprise my team looked like this country", O'Rourke said.

Democrat Beto O'Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he's running for president in 2020.

Beto O'Rourke appeared poised to announce his long-anticipated run for the presidency, telling a national magazine that "I'm just born to be in it".

An official announcement is coming Thursday morning, O'Rourke said via text message to KTSM in El Paso.

O'Rourke told Vanity Fair, "You can probably tell that I want to run... I do".

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The article added to the building anticipation that the red state Democrat who sought past year to unseat GOP Sen.

President Trump campaigned hard for Cruz, lobbing attacks against O'Rourke as he campaigned in the Lone Star State.

He calls the 2020 presidential election "the fight of our lives as Americans, and as humans, I'd argue" in the article, adding that he wants "to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment".

The former Texas congressman has joined the growing list of Democrats who hope to take on Donald Trump at the next election.

"I want to be in it", O'Rourke said.