The number of Democrats hoping to make it to the White House in 2020 is already into double digits and Beto O'Rourke, one of the rising stars of US politics, has joined the list. His confidence is high because of his showing in the midterm elections. At that time, he nearly ousted Republican Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican stronghold. Obviously, Beto feels he has it in him to take on existing president Donald Trump.

Sky News reports Beto O'Rourke is a former three-term Texas congressman. He has confirmed via a video that he will be another contender in the president 2020 campaign.

In the video, he talks about the campaign and says it “seeks to unite a very divided country." His plan is to kick off his campaign in El Paso, his hometown, on 30 March. Before that, he will tour the country beginning with Iowa, the starting point for Democrat primary elections.

Beto O'Rourke comes center stage

The November midterm elections brought Beto O'Rourke (46) into the limelight.

He was pitted against Republican Senator Ted Cruz and the fight was in a Republican stronghold. Moreover, Ted was not just a former presidential candidate but also a national figure. Therefore, O'Rourke had to mobilize all his resources to put up a spirited fight. He rejected corporate contributions and still managed to raise nearly $80m in donations. His rallies always had large crowds who came to listen to him.

One of his favorite topics was health care for all, and it brought him a certain amount of national recognition.

It will be a tough task for Beto O'Rourke to get the final nod. Sky News says the field of Democrats is already crowded with the likes of senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders while Joe Biden, former vice-president and likely front-runner, has not yet confirmed his stand.

He was once a guitarist

According to The Guardian, Beto O'Rourke used to be a guitarist for an El Paso punk band. That was before his Senate bid and he had always maintained a relatively low profile in spite of being a three-term congressman. However, things changed when he lost to Republican Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate race by a narrow margin. He garnered support from the grassroots level, had a historic fundraising haul, and is now poised to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

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He knows that it will require determination of a very high order. There are women like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Amy Klobuchar in the fray. One of them could become the first woman President of the United States. In short, it will not be a cakewalk for any of the Democrats.

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