"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke said according to the station. "That's part of the problem, and I'm a white man".
"O'Rourke was good at rallying liberals across the country who wanted to defeat Sen". Ted Cruz previous year, O'Rourke was little known outside his hometown of El Paso. He shattered fundraising records, ending with an $80 million haul, and finished less than 3 percentage points behind Cruz - much closer than other Democrats had come in recent years against Republicans in a state that's always been a GOP stronghold.
O'Rourke had mulled a presidential run for months and took an unusual break for what appeared to be some soul-searching after his loss, taking a road trip to New Mexico, Kansas and elsewhere.
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When asked during a photo opportunity in the Oval Office what he thought of the 46-year-old Democrat, Trump said he was surprised by O'Rourke's "hand movement".
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, a political scientist at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas, told Salon last month O'Rourke's 2018 Senate campaign was "one of the most energized campaigns we have seen in Texas for a very long time".
"I think that Lincoln had only one term in the House and lost a Senate race", said Gingrich.
O'Rourke was little-known outside his hometown of El Paso until he challenged Republican Sen.
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Should he dive in on Thursday, he will be entering a crowded pool of Democrats seeking to oust Republican President Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders' 2016 Democratic presidential campaign who worry O'Rourke is too moderate to excite Democrats' liberal base.
In a Vanity Fair article that came out on Wednesday, O'Rourke said "You can probably tell that I want to run. I do".
Starting with the Iowa caucuses next year, the Democrat who amasses the majority of delegates nationwide in a series of contests will be nominated at the party's convention in Milwaukee in the summer, and will likely face Trump in November's general election.
While running for Senate, he offered an unapologetically liberal vision, supporting Trump's impeachment, universal health care, gun control, marijuana decriminalization, steep federal subsidies for prekindergarten education and relaxed immigration policies.
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