Democrat of Irish descent, Beto O'Rourke, to run for US Presidency in 2020
O'Rourke has become the latest candidate to throw his hat into the ring.
American politician Beto O'Rourke is set to confirm that he is running for President of the United States in 2020, which will make him the 15th Democrat to declare his candidacy for the White House.
In 2018, O'Rourke ran against Republican Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in Texas, in what was an extremely tight race that saw Cruz just about come out on top. The result was seen as a massive surprise, as O'Rourke did better than any Texas Democrat in decades.
Cruz and his supporters controversially chanted "Send him back to Ireland" in reference to O'Rourke at a Republican rally during the campaign,
It is now reported that O'Rourke will confirm speculation he will be running for President in 2020, following a recent Vanity Fair interview.
"I'm just born to do this," O'Rourke is quoted as saying in the interview, which you can read here.
The 46-year-old will join a list that includes Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Other less well-known politicians running for the office include Julian Castro, Pete Buttigieg and John Delaney.
Texas native O'Rourke rose to fame when he passionately answered a question about NFL player Colin Kaepernick, and his decision to kneel during the national anthem.