WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O’Rourke will formally rejoin the presidential race on Thursday, resuming a marketing campaign that has been suspended for practically two weeks with what he guarantees can be a “major address to the nation” from his hometown of El Paso, Texas, the place a mass capturing killed 22 folks.
The Democratic former congressman will define “the path forward” for his presidential marketing campaign “and for the future of the country.” He will then resume touring the nation as a 2020 White House hopeful, although his advisers have but to announce the place he’ll go.
O’Rourke was campaigning in Nevada on Aug. 3 when a gunman who denounced immigrants in a web based screed opened hearth at a Walmart in El Paso, a U.S.-Mexico border city. O’Rourke rushed house and has tried to assist his metropolis cope. He missed scheduled visits to California, Colorado and Iowa, forgoing the state that opens presidential main voting throughout the state truthful, when practically each different Democrat within the crowded presidential discipline was there.
Canceling a high-profile Iowa cease instantly started clamor in Texas and past that O’Rourke might scrap his presidential bid and return to Texas to problem Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who’s up for reelection subsequent 12 months. O’Rourke, who turned a political star by practically unseating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz final 12 months, entered the race for the White House with sturdy buzz and fundraising however has seen each fade.
Still, O’Rourke’s marketing campaign supervisor, Jen O’Malley Dillon, dismissed that notion, saying in a press release to The Associated Press: “Now more than ever, this country needs the honest leadership Beto continues to demonstrate — and that is why he is running for president.”
O’Rourke aides additionally say privately that the El Paso capturing solely strengthened the candidate’s resolve to be president since he feels President Donald Trump helped trigger it.
In a CNN op-ed, O’Rourke famous that the capturing suspect drove greater than 600 miles (965 kilometers) to “hunt and kill Hispanic people” and that he “followed a path of vile inspiration that reaches from the darkest chapters of our history and runs directly to the White House today,” regardless of the Republican president blaming psychological sickness and video video games.
“It is on all of us, individually and through the institutions of the press and Congress, to decide what this country will stand for at this defining moment of truth,” O’Rourke wrote within the op-ed.