After he lost his bid to defeat Texas Senator Ted Cruz last November, the inevitable was in the air surrounding Robert Francis O’Rourke, who chooses to be known as “Beto.” It was pretty obvious he would run again. After all, he claims he was born to do just that. And this time, he’s running for the actual top spot, President of the United States, without much of a resume.
The announcement was made on Wednesday with his wife silent at his side.
“The only way for us to live up to the promise of America is to give it our all and to give it for all of us,” O’Rourke said in a video announcement with his wife Amy Sanders O’Rourke by his side. “We saw the power of this in Texas.”
“This is going to be a positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country,” O’Rourke added. “We saw the power of this in Texas.”
In a glowing Vanity Fair profile released Wednesday evening, the former Texas congressman made several hints that he would seek the highest office in the land.
“You can probably tell that I want to run,” he told the magazine. “I do. I think I’d be good at it.”
O’Rourke will campaign in Iowa over the next several days.
“It’s telling that the Democrats’ biggest star is someone whose biggest accomplishment is losing,” Michael Ahrens, Republican National Committee spokesman, Thursday morning. “Beto O’Rourke failed to get anything done in Congress, and with extreme policies like government-run health care and tearing down border barriers, his 2020 bid won’t be successful either.”
What’s more interesting is that the left is not all that wild about Beto either. Most commenters objected to his “white privilege” and lack of any tangible accomplishments.
“I want to be in it. Man, I’m just born to be in it." Robert ORourke announcing a bid for 2020 with a peak out of touch white male privilege quote on the @VanityFair cover.
Yes, you were born with white privilege, that doesn’t mean you would be a good President to we without it. pic.twitter.com/u9GO154xdp
— 𝕁𝕖𝕟𝕟𝕚𝕗𝕖𝕣 𝕂. 𝔽𝕒𝕝𝕔𝕠𝕟 (@JenniferKFalcon) March 13, 2019
Now that the Democrat field is taking shape, who knows, it might be a good time for them to identify a sacrificial lamb.