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O'Rourke, the former congressman who lost his 2018 bid to unseat Republican Sen. "Oh, I have no reaction", Sen.

When asked about O'Rourke's entrance into the presidential race this morning, President Trump referred to O'Rourke's energetic hand movements in his announcement video and asked, "Is he insane or is that just the way he acts?"

O'Rourke jumped into the presidential race on Thursday after months of hinting and soul-searching. "We saw the power of this in Texas".

Here are three takeaways from O'Rourke's entry into the 2020 race. Although O'Rourke, 46, fell short in his bid to take a Senate seat in Texas, speculation immediately spread wild that he would launch a bid for the highest office.

Mr O'Rourke, a former punk musician who sometimes went skateboarding to blow off steam on the Texas campaign trail, has been tipped to quickly achieve rockstar status with a run. O'Rourke didn't just focus his campaigning on urban and suburban areas typically rich with Democratic voters - he traveled to all 254 Texas counties, committing to visit even the reddest, most rural places.

Political strategists say the general election might not be the Democratic upstart's biggest challenge, however.

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The first of the state-by-state nominating contests will be in February 2019.

Still, a positive personality-based campaign has its own risks, Bannon said.

Trump's morning tweets show he was watching cable news shows Thursday morning, all of which were discussing O'Rourke's candidacy at length.

He let his surrogates handle that task instead.

O'Rourke enters the race with the presumed ability to raise huge sums online from small donors, as he did during his Senate run. "My gratitude to them for the young people who stepped up to offer such a bold proposal to meet such a grave challenge". That has been an issue in every campaign he has run and will undoubtedly resurface during his presidential bid.

Beto O'Rourke doesn't seem to have any policy positions on his campaign website yet - but he does have lots of merchandise for sale.

Ending his announcement video in momentous terms, O'Rourke said, "We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth".