WORLD O'Rourke to rejoin presidential race with El Paso speech

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O'Rourke to rejoin presidential race with El Paso speech

AP

21:15, August 14, 2019

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.

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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."

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