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"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 of the presidential race.

And he finished the 3 1/2-minute video by saying, "The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and give it for all of us". Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. "We're going to be much better prepared on the money side and the messaging, as a party".

O'Rourke followed his announcement with a trip to Iowa, the Midwestern farm state that will hold the first Democratic nominating contest in February 2020.

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Building a national presidential operation, however, is a different matter.

O'Rourke was first elected to Congress in 2012, upsetting eight-term Rep. Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary.

"I think that John Cornyn is happy no one of Beto's status is going to run against him". But O'Rourke's momentum seemed to be revived in a big way last month amid the debate over building a wall along the Mexican border - right along his hometown of El Paso.

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O'Rourke enters the race with the presumed ability to raise huge sums online from small donors, as he did during his Senate run. O'Rourke will need those same donors to flock to him in a way that makes him competitive with other well-funded candidates, including other grassroots stars such as Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA. "I'm sure you'll agree". U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California sent an email fundraising appeal to her supporters on Thursday that had his name in the subject line.

Texas Republicans who watched Beto O'Rourke's turnout operation in the 2018 Senate race fear the El Paso Democrat's presidential bid could help turbocharge the state's political trajectory - potentially imperiling some otherwise safe GOP incumbents.

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.

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"I've never seen anything quite like it", he said. "I said, 'Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?' So I've never seen hand movement".