Is the Democratic Party ready to nominate a white male presidential candidate?
Members of a panel on CNN this morning said they were not so sure, referring to the announcement that former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke will be running for president next year.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Friday released a 48-second video lambasting President Donald Trump and his ridiculous demands for a border wall with Mexico.
In posting the video the outgoing Congressman showed the political world two things:
People obsessed with presidential politics often look to Iowa for early indications of which candidates might be favored to win their party’s nomination. This is because for decades Iowa has held presidential nominating caucuses before any other states hold primaries.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Thursday jumped from tenth to second place in CNN rankings of prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
By placing O’Rourke second on his monthly “power rankings” of potential Democratic candidates, CNN’s Chris Cillizza put him ahead of many others who had been considered leading contenders for the 2020 nomination. The Texas Congressman now ranks ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Republican consultant Mattie Duppler says that Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) has a “significant advantage” over other possible Democratic 2020 candidates for president.
Beto O’Rourke sent a thrill through his most loyal supporters on Monday when he said that he is no longer ruling out a run for president in 2020. If he does decide to run he will join many nationally prominent Democrats in an already-crowded primary field.