EL PASO, Texas – The correct print shop started printing the shirts as soon as they opened at 10am. 10 on Thursday.
The garments highlighted phrases like "Beto 2020" with a picture of the former El Paso, Texas, congressman with Old Glory sunglasses.
"It is cold to know that one from El Paso, a city like ours, can strive to do something so incredible," designer Patrick Gabaldon said of Beto O & R; Rourke's decision to enter the crowded field of democratic presidential candidates.
Gabaldon first created the images when R & Rke drove for the Senate seat against established Ted Cruz last year, a race that drove O & # 39; Rourke into the national spotlight.
While eventually losing the middle election to Cruz by a few percentage points, Rourke's name got the name of recognition and became known for his fundraising skills and raised an eye for $ 80 million during his run.
Although he originally said he would not make a presidential run, Rourke returned that decisionwho announces in the bad hours Thursday morning.
"Amy and I are happy to share with you as I run to serve you as the next president in the United States," he said in a video.
By noon several people had requested the shirts. The tension among El Pasoans grew.
"I think he's going to be a good race. I think he'll do much better [than] our current president. And I'm just a democratic person. So he has my vote, "Alan Zambrano said.
Rourke was in Iowa for the first few stops along his campaign trail. He visited Keokuk, Fort Madison, Burlington and Muscatine, rallying the voters and sharing his views for the country.
He called for high quality guaranteed health care and action against climate change.
"It's our last chance, scientists totally agree that we have no more than 12 years to take incredibly bold action on this crisis," Rourke said.
Still, some are less than enthusiastic about his race.
"I don't support him as a candidate. I think the Democrats should sort out what to do. I think President Trump will continue as president and I wish Beto good luck," Steven Nagy said.
Others say they have little faith in the political system at all.
"I am disillusioned with people's representation. I feel that our political leaders more represent the great business and money than the individuals themselves throughout the United States," said Tafari Nugent.
Although some say R & R's candidacy promotes excitement among Texans, policy professor Todd Curry of the University of Texas in El Paso is cautious about the idea that the candidate could reverse this red state.
"I still think we should wait a few election cycles until Texas is put into play," Curry said.
Rourke will be launching a kickoff rally in El Paso on March 30.
Fox News & # 39; Charles Watson contributed to this report.