According to the latest edition of Vanity Fair, Mr O'Rourke said: "You can probably tell that I want to run. I do". O'Rourke, who critics say has offered little details about where he stands on myriad issues, will face a test on whether he can match up with policy heavyweights like Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA. He didn't hire traditional political consultants and pollsters, didn't take any PAC money and refused to go negative against Cruz.
O'Rourke made his first campaign stop in Keokuk, Iowa, to answer questions from some of the state's more rural population.
Building a national presidential operation, however, is a different matter.
When the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll was first run in December, O'Rourke placed third, the top choice of 11 percent.
"I think his chances are good because he has a certain appeal that causes people to pause and listen", Houston Rep. Al Green, a Democrat, said of O'Rourke. 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 Warren.
He added: "You can probably tell that I want to run. I do".
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O'Rourke's long awaited entrance makes the Texas Democrat who lost his Senate race to Sen.
O'Rourke is holding a Texas kickoff of his presidential campaign March 30 in El Paso.
Last month, he appeared to attempt to separate himself further from that wing of the party when he pointedly called himself a capitalist.
"CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King will speak with O'Rourke for his only national TV interview following his 2020 announcement, Friday on "CBS This Morning" with a preview airing on "CBS Evening News" Thursday night.
Starting with the Iowa caucuses next year, the Democrat who amasses the majority of delegates nationwide in a series of nominating contests will be nominated at the party's convention in the summer, and will likely face Trump in November's general election. "We were able to raise a million dollars in just the first 48 hours after I announced, and I'm running my own race", Klobuchar said. "I said, 'Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?' So I've never seen hand movement".