2020 hopeful Beto O'Rourke introduces himself to Cleveland

Posted at 3:41 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 16:55:52-04

CLEVELAND  — Dozens of Cleveland residents gathered at Gino's, a bar and grill in Brooklyn Centre, to meet Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke.

You can watch video of O'Rourke speaking to residents below.

O'Rourke announced his campaign for president last week.

Last year, O'Rourke, a Democrat, ran for the U.S. Senate in Texas and lost to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Senate race thrust O'Rourke, who served three terms in the House, into the national spotlight.

He shattered fundraising records, ending with an $80 million haul, and finished less than 3 percentage points behind Cruz -- much closer than other Democrats had come in recent years against Republicans in a state that's long been a GOP stronghold.

But a presidential bid will be a much different test for O'Rourke, who will face serious pressure from the left for the first time in his political career.

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