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".
Beto O'Rourke speaks to Oprah Winfrey on stage during a taping of her TV show in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 5, 2019.
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Despite his defeat, O'Rourke swiftly emerged as a top Democratic presidential contender, drawing comparisons to Barack Obama for his charisma and hopeful message.
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In the article, O'Rourke did not outright say he is running, be he said things like "I want to run".
These include 2016 election hopeful Bernie Sanders as well as Californian senator Kamala Harris.
"I'm a capitalist", O'Rourke told reporters last month.
"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke said of his hometown in a text to TV station KTSM, which first reported his entry into the race.
A former bassist in a punk band, O'Rourke's 1998 arrest for driving while intoxicated has been an issue in every campaign he has run and will undoubtedly resurface during his presidential bid.