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Beto O'Rourke says he has made his decision and promises to announce "see you soon" for 2020







Beto O 'Rourke

Beto O. Rourke, who is expected to participate in the 2020 presidential campaign, has sent e-mails to his supporters in recent days and has spoken privately with potential staff members. | Puce Somodevilla / Getty Images

Beto O'Rourke decided if he would run for president, he said on Wednesday, but declined to clarify his decision.

"Amy and I have decided on the best way to serve our country," said the former Texas congressman in a prepared statement about his deliberations with his wife. "We are excited to share it with everyone soon."

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O'Rourke, who is expected to participate in the 2020 presidential campaign, has sent e-mails to his supporters in recent days and has spoken privately with potential staff members. He had previously stated that he would decide by this week to run for president, although he also said he would not be "limited" by this timetable.

The Dallas Morning News first reported O'Rourke's statement on his decision.

O'Rourke became a Democratic sensation in his earlier-than-expected run against Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last year, a competition in which he raised more than $ 80 million, largely from a national network of small donors.

O'Rourke did nothing to prepare the traditional infrastructure for a presidential campaign. More established democrats such as Sense. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.) and Cory Booker (DN.J.) prepare to run for months, if not years.

On Wednesday, a campaign to get O'Rourke into the presidential race invited supporters to sign up for alerts in anticipation of O'Rourke's upcoming announcement.

"We are planning a bit of pandemonium when Beto will announce, but in a good way," said Beto's co-founder, Nate Lerner, in a prepared statement. "We want to organize this energy and direct it in the right direction."


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