Democrat Beto O'Rourke urged full legalization of marijuana in the U.S.in remarks on the first day of his 2020 presidential run, but also called for stigmatizing the drug like tobacco to discourage children from using it.
"I am running to serve you as the next president", O'Rourke wrote in a tweet on Thursday, adding that the challenges faced by the United States "are the greatest in living memory".
Last month the former congressman from El Paso said he would "absolutely" support tearing down existing barriers along the southern border with Mexico.
Moreover, he became a sensation during a campaign during a grassroots campaign where social media was utilized to reach out to the younger generation of voters as well as the minorities.
Speculation that O'Rourke would run for president began shortly after the former El Paso congressman lost November's midterm election to Cruz by 2.6 percent, the closest a Democrat has come to winning a Senate seat in Texas in decades. "I've never seen so much hand movement".
"We can free ourselves from the distinction of being the country that imprisons more of its fellow citizens than any other country on the face of the planet", O'Rourke said. "I think there's going to be people that. have their own money".
"This is a defining moment of truth for this country, and for every single one of us", O'Rourke said in a video announcement posted on his Facebook page. The Texan politician also said that he seeks to "unite a very divided country".
Robert "Beto" O'Rourke officially launched his presidential campaign website on Thursday and despite touting the slogan "Beto for America" on the English webpage, the Spanish page translates his slogan into "Beto for everyone". Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, Gov. Jay Inslee, ex-San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Rep. John Delaney, author Marianne Williamson and former tech executive Andrew Yang.