Beto O’Rourke speaks at a protest against President Donald Trump in El Paso in February. Christ Chavez / Getty Images Beto O’Rourke announced he would run for President in 2020 Thursday, making the Texas Democrat the latest primary contender to list combating climate change as a major priority. “This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us,” O’Rourke said in a video announcing his campaign. “The challenges that we face right now, the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate have never been greater. And they will either consume us, or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America.” I am running to serve you as the next president. The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. No one p… https://t.co/U6csWjQo3Y — Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) 1552562945.0 A native of El Paso, Texas, O’Rourke served three terms in the House of Representatives before rising to national prominence in 2018 when he almost unseated Ted Cruz in the race to represent Texas in the Senate, CNN reported . It was the closest Senate race in Texas history since 1978, […]

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