Beto O’Rourke and his advisers are sending strong signals that he’s on the brink of announcing a run for president, a move that would conclude a months-long period of public and private introspection and alter the complexion of the crowded 2020 Democratic primary field.
By design or accident, O’Rourke’s extended period of indecision has generated a suspense around his decision that few other candidates can match. He intensified interest this week by telling reporters that he and his wife had made a decision and were “excited to share it with everyone soon.”
Aides have been discussing how to handle, for example, campaigning in Iowa. And those around O’Rourke have been receiving unsolicited résumés, offers to have O’Rourke stay at private homes, and – from one supporter – an offer to donate the website domain betosback.com.
In remarks to reporters last week in El Paso, Texas, O’Rourke set himself apart from other prominent Democrats who call themselves liberals or socialists.
“I’m a capitalist,” O’Rourke said. “I don’t see how we’re able to meet any of the fundamental challenges that we have as a country without in part harnessing the power of the market. Climate change is the most immediate example of that. If you’re going to bring the total innovation and ingenuity of this country to bear, our system as a country, our economy, is going to have to be part of that.”
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