Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke is formally rejoining the presidential race with a national address from his hometown on the U.S.-Mexico border, where a mass shooting killed 22 people.
Former Representative Beto ORourke, a democrat from Texas and 2020 presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa, U.S., on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (File photo: VCG)
The Democratic former Texas congressman will speak Thursday in El Paso, outlining "the path forward" for his 2020 bid and the country.
O'Rourke was in Nevada on Aug. 3 but suspended his campaign and has tried to help his city cope since a gunman who denounced immigrants opened fire at a Walmart.
In a CNN op-ed posted Tuesday, O'Rourke said the shooting suspect drove more than 600 miles (965 kilometers) to "hunt and kill Hispanic people" and was inspired by President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric. Trump blames mental illness and video games for the violence.
O'Rourke wrote Americans must decide what the nation stands for "at this defining moment of truth."