Beto O'Rourke tells Texas TV station he's running for president

Beto O'Rourke addresses supporters in El Paso on election night in November

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.

"This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us", said the 46-year-old Congressman. "I don't know where I am on a [political] spectrum, and I nearly could care less", he said at a recent stop in Wisconsin. In an interview for the piece, the former congressman talked about his presidential ambitions. It remains to be seen, though, whether O'Rourke's home-state appeal could truly make Texas competitive.

O'Rourke visited all 254 of Texas' counties while running for Senate and often drew larger-than-expected crowds, including in conservative areas that Democrats gave up on decades ago.

Beto O'Rourke announced he is running for president, making it official with an online video released Thursday morning.

O'Rourke's entry is already reverberating around the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Political strategists say the general election might not be the Democratic upstart's biggest challenge, however.

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Few voters, even those in the early contest states of Iowa, New Hampshire and SC, were bothered by O'Rourke's deliberations.

Bannon said "most voters are personality oriented, especially independent voters - these independent voters are key to winning the general election". But he opted against using a post to discredit or attack the El Paso native.

The White House run will also prompt greater scrutiny of his policy proposals and track record in Congress. "My gratitude to them for the young people who stepped up to offer such a bold proposal to meet such a grave challenge". "It's remarkable, his rise, and that he's now running for president".

Although he isn't among the first wave of Democrats to jump into the race, O'Rourke enters with strong national name recognition.

O'Rourke skyrocketed to national attention and emerged as a Democratic favorite in 2018 as his quixotic bid to unseat Sen.

"I think the voters will decide", said Sen.

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