Bet O&R 39, Rourke However, everyone announced his 2020 presidential candidate in a comprehensive interview published on Wednesday in Vanity Fair magazine, confidently saying he was "just born to do this" – a step that would contradict his many previous assurances that he would not seek out the White House and further immerse a democratic primary field that was already full of progressive candidates.
The move seemed inevitable on Wednesday night. KTSM reported receiving an SMS from Rourke earlier this day saying he would seek the democratic presidential election, writes: "I am truly proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents. a big part of why I am driving. This city is the best example of this country at best. "
Rourke's spokesman would not confirm to Fox News that the former congressman is running for president.
The Vanity Fair piece, written by Joe Hagan, seemed to echo the fawning tone of much of the media coverage that came with his failed bid to ward off Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in the fall. But conservative commentators said the interview was still indirectly highlighting the 46-year-old Rourke's clear vulnerabilities as he sought to mount his first national campaign despite a lack of significant government awareness.
At one point, Hagan describes in detail when R & rkeke and his wife, Amy, "both describe the moment they first saw the power of Rourke's gift" – in Houston, on the third. stop at the Rourke's failed Senate campaign.
"Every space was taken, every wall was every room in the room filled with probably a thousand people," said Amy O & R; Rourke Vanity Fair. "You could feel the floor moving almost. It wasn't quite clear that Beto was what everyone was looking for, but so were people ready for something. So it was quite shocking. I mean, I had a breath.
Hagan, who previously wrote one similarly photographed and written profile by another democrat, former presidential candidate John Edwards, wrote in the new piece: "For R&D, Rourke, what followed was an almost mysterious experience."
"I never prepare a speech," Rourke explained. "I'm not writing what to say. I remember driving to what I was like: & # 39; What do I say? Maybe I'll just introduce myself. I'm asking questions." I came in and I know not whether it is speech or not, but it felt fantastic. Because every word was pulled out of me. As with a greater force, just the people there. All I said was like looking at myself, being like, how do I say this? Where does it come from? "
However, this carefree, trailing approach has come back in the past, the article was noted. For example, R&D recognized Rourke he "kicked himself to give one harmful freewheeling interview to The Washington Post, Who quoted his recipe for immigration as "I don't know." "
In that interview, Rourke also suggested parts of the Constitution may be unnecessary and outdated.
Although the Post article exclaimed widespread jeers, Hagan apparently found the appealing.
"Unlike Trump," Hagan wrote, "R & Rke may seem almost innocent to being a politician – too decent, too healthy, the very reason he became popular for the same reason that he could be crucified at national level. "
Separately said Hagan remarkably, "Former girlfriends describe Rourke as curious, wry, bookish but adventurous. He usually used a novel in his pocket, whether Captain Corelli's Mandolin or the Sun also rises."
Reaction to social media, both to R & R & Rourke and Hagan's aggressively positive depiction of his potential candidacy, was effortless.
"It is extremely subtle, but with a trained eye you can discover a slight difference in the media attitude towards Robert O & # 39; Rourke and the average Republican congressman driving for president after losing a Senate fight," says Mollie Hemingway. senior editor of The Federalist and a regular Fox News panelist wrote on Twitter.
Washington Free Beacon reporter Alex Griswold added: "They really don't want to hide it" that refers to the media bias.
Other places in the deep diving track noted Hagan that Rourke's home boasted a lot of presidential biographies – an apparent earthly observation that Hagan permeated with great consequences.
"Arranged in historical order, the biographies suggest that there has been some consideration of the Presidency's gravity," Hagan wrote and noted that R&R Rourke is backed by Oprah Winfrey. "But there is also some political poetry to it, a feeling that R & Rke may be destined for this shelf."
However, Rourke himself had apparently closed the door of such a poetry over and over while driving towards Cruz.
MSNBC reporter Garrett Haakey tweeted last November: "I will not be a candidate for president in 2020," @BetoORourke tells me. "It's as definite as it gets." "
And in an interview with CBS News "60 minutes," Rourke simply said, "I don't want to do that. I won't do it."
Rourke continued to explain that raising his young children would keep him away from the campaign track.
In connection with Hagan, Rourke tried to explain the sudden turnaround time and said that "the week before he had to come on stage with Oprah Winfrey in New York, he had what he describes as a breakthrough conversation with his wife" and stayed late into the night.
But conservative commentator Stephen Miller had a less flattering interpretation and wrote that R & Rkeke must have "literally spent 6 months around her wife and children and said," This sucks. "
Although R&D has not formally entered the presidential election, there are several other indications he intends to do. The former Texas representative is slated to make his first trip to Iowa in the 2020 campaign, visiting the state that begins the presidential election.
A spokesman said that Rourke will visit the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday for a campaign for Eric Giddens, the democratic candidate running in a state Senate election there. And, Rourke released a video on Monday night from Texas supporting Giddens and wearing a Northern Iowa cap.
Meanwhile, Twitter users allegedly attempting to unsubscribe to Rourke's mailing list were told in automatic replies on Wednesday, apparently unintentionally, that there was an ongoing campaign to select Beto for president.
Fox News & # 39; Patrick Ward contributed to this report.