Beto O’Rourke was born to run … for president.
The former Texas congressman confirmed Wednesday that he will enter the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Fox News television affiliate based in El Paso, Texas.
O’Rourke confirmed his plan to formally announce his candidacy on Thursday morning to El Paso NBC affiliate KTSM.
“I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents. It’s a big part of why I’m running,” O’Rourke told KTSM in a text message.
Earlier in the day, Vanity Fair magazine published a story on O’Rourke’s thinking on whether to enter the crowded Democratic field.
“I’m just born to do this,” O’Rourke told the magazine.
O’Rourke catapulted to national prominence during his failed bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the 2018 midterm elections.
President Trump campaigned hard for Cruz, lobbing attacks against O’Rourke as he campaigned in the Lone Star State.
Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and desires of the people of the Great State of Texas. He will never be allowed to turn Texas into Venezuela!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2018
Despite O’Rourke’s narrow loss, his high-profile candidacy helped Democrats retake House seats and control of the chamber.
When it became clear that O’Rourke was considering a run in 2020, Trump again mocked the Democratic phenom.
“I thought you were supposed to win before you run for president,” Trump told reporters in December.
O’Rourke becomes the 15th Democrat to enter the race to decide who will take on Trump in the general election.