Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke jumped into the 2020 presidential race Thursday, shaking up the already packed field and pledging to win over voters from both major parties as he tries to translate his political celebrity into a formidable White House bid.

After months of ignoring states that vote early in the presidential nominating process, O’Rourke made his first-ever trip to Iowa.