Sen. Amy Klobuchar welcomed Beto O'Rourke to the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, telling CNN's Poppy Harlow in an interview that she believes more competition in the Democratic primary is good for the party and that she isn't anxious about the former congressman's fundraising prowess.
Robert is O'Rourke's legal first name.
Weeks of gleefully teasing an announcement are behind him, but O'Rourke now must prove whether his unique campaign style will resonate on a much larger stage than Texas.
He captioned it, "I am running to serve you as the next president".
Beto O'Rourke has begun campaigning in his 2020 presidential bid with his first trip to Iowa.
O'Rourke jumped into the presidential race on Thursday after months of hinting and soul-searching.
O'Rourke's announcement comes five months after his senate race against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.
O'Rourke confirms to El Paso TV station that he'll run for president
Commenting on O'Rourke's decision to enter the race, RNC communications director Michael Ahrens said "it's telling that the Democrats' biggest star is someone whose biggest accomplishment is losing". Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). And in true Trump-fashion, the president, known for mercilessly branding his opponents, mocked the media-beloved O'Rourke for his excessive "hand movement", the likes of which Trump said he's "never seen" before.
Trademark, black-and-white "Beto for Senate" yard signs became staples in places like NY and Los Angeles - with some supporters now converting them to read "Beto for President 2020".
While challenging Cruz, O'Rourke insisted that he had no interest in running for president, vowing to quietly return to El Paso should he lose. He didn't hire traditional political consultants and pollsters, didn't take any PAC money and refused to go negative against Cruz. This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us. But he harnessed growing nationwide popularity to rake in $80-plus million in donations, including a staggering $38 million from July to September 2018 alone.
Other 2020 Democratic hopefuls have promoted their extensive legislative records.
"I'm just born to do this", he told the magazine. But he's drawn criticism from supporters of Vermont Sen.
For some, the enthusiasm the three-term congressman generated may have seemed reminiscent of another politician who had only spent a few years in Congress before running for the White House - President Barack Obama.