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Beto O'Rourke entered the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, beginning his bid to recapture what made him a star during his Senate race previous year while facing for the first time the larger Democratic electorate.

The "born to be in it" comment has already garnered some backlash on social media, as issues of inequality and privilege are being debated in what is already the most crowded and diverse Democratic primary field in recent history.

The website opens with O'Rourke's campaign slogan, "Beto For America", and features three tabs: one to buy merchandise, one to apply for a job on the campaign and a third to donate money.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 White House bid
O'Rourke has three days of campaign events in Iowa planned and has promised to travel the country listening to would-be voters. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Cory Booker of New Jersey, are also slated to knock on doors for Giddens this weekend.

"Perhaps most importantly of all, because our very existence depends on it, we can unleash the ingenuity and creativity of millions of Americans who want to ensure that we squarely confront the challenge of climate change before it's too late", O'Rourke said.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Thursday called for ending the "federal prohibition on marijuana" because of the way USA drug laws disproportionately put minorities in prison.

At the end of the month, on March 30, O'Rourke plans to return to El Paso to kick off his campaign.

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"I had to be moving, I had to be meeting people", O'Rourke told Oprah Winfrey in a February interview. He took a solo road trip through the Southwest earlier this year, documenting his travels in a series of Medium posts reminiscent of Jack Kerouac.

Trump, who became known for slapping derisive nicknames onto opponents during the 2016 campaign, focused on O'Rourke's hands on Thursday when asked about O'Rourke's campaign announcement.

The decision will put O'Rourke among the second-tier of candidates; he's polling in sixth, wedged between Sens. 'I do. I think I'd be good at it'. "It's a big part of why I'm running".

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But O'Rourke is far from a front-runner just yet - with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a White House bid, leading polls.