AFTER months of ‘Will he, won’t he?’, the charismatic Beto O’Rourke has finally announced he will run for President.
As all eyes flick to the former Texas congressman, here are a few fun facts about the Democrat who’d take on Trump.
1) He has a punk past
Before he announced his presidential bid, O’Rourke wowed critics and fans with an ambitious bid to unseat Ted Cruz.
His left-of-centre campaign in last year’s mid-terms in traditionally conservative Texas only narrowly fell short and was so successful that it appears to have fuelled his 2020 announcement.
But the man who wows to help repair climate change and the US economy wasn’t always a politician.
In his past life he’s been a punk band singer and avid skateboarder, and has even skated onto one of his campaign appearances.
After graduation, O’Rourke worked as a live-in caretaker and art mover, then worked for an internet service provider and a proofreader before he got into politics.
In 1999 he co-founded Stanton Street Technology Group, an internet services and software company which his wife now looks after.
Beto O’Rourke ran a left-of-centre campaign in traditionally conservative Texas[/caption]
2) He’s backed by Oprah
It can’t hurt to have the backing of one of the most powerful women in US media – Oprah Winfrey.
O’Rourke continued his flirtation with running for President during an interview with the superstar, with her apparently endorsing him, saying:
“The reason I respect your process is because I do firmly believe it’s something you’ve got to feel inside of yourself,” she said.
“Not what everybody else says, that I believe that I can answer this call for this particular moment in our time, in our culture, in our society.”
3) He’s supported legal weed for a decade
O’Rourke was an early advocate of marijuana legalisation and in 2009 he introduced a City Council resolution urging Congress to seriously debate the matter.
He has continued to campaign for the legalisation and recently renewed his calls for to end their illegal status.
4) Politics runs in his blood
As a child, O’Rourke would accompany his father Pat Francis O’Rourke door-stepping.
His dad served in El Paso as a County Commissioner and County Judge before switching parties in the early 1990s and running several ultimately unsuccessful bids for office as a Republican.
Tragically, his father died in a 2001 bike accident.
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5) He and his now wife Amy went to another country for their first date
Beto and Amy, 37, married in 2005 and have three children.
Amy is currently the director of education development for La Fe Community Development Corporation.
The couple are said to have first met on a blind date in 2004, when O’Rourke took his future bride to an entirely different country for their first date.
The famous Kentucky Club Bar eleven miles away in Juarez, Mexico, is believed by many to be the birthplace of the margarita.
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