El Paso, Texas — I was the only local TV reporter in El Paso to get an on-camera with former Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke about his decision to run for president of the United States ahead of his official announcement Thursday morning.
During the interview, I asked O'Rourke, "What are the political issues you plan to stress during your campaign" for president? He told me, because of his roots in the Borderland, he'll be heavily involved in the debate about immigration and border security.
But he said he'll also promote ideas aimed at improving the economy for working Americans so they can earn enough money that they don't have to work multiple jobs to support their families. In addition, he wants to make affordable daycare easily available for their children.
O'Rourke said he plans to run "a great grassroots campaign. All people, no PACs, making sure that every single American can contribute to the greatness of this country," he told me, "that's the way forward."
El Paso's former congressman said he wants America's democracy to work better for its citizens, not its corporations.
Finally, O'Rourke believes the nation needs to urgently address climate change.
He said those are some of the big messages he now plans to deliver as he begins campaigning for president across the country.