Beto announces bid for president

POLITICO reports that former Congressman Beto O’Rourke is running for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination.

Beto O’Rourke said Thursday he will run for president, asking voters to choose a young and charismatic — but largely untested — Democrat as the best option to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.

With his national profile and one of the most potent small-dollar fundraising lists in Democratic politics, O'Rourke enters the race immediately as a top-tier contender. His announcement came months after he captured the party's imagination with his improbable — and closer than expected — run for Senate in Texas, a heavily Republican state.

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