EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, of El Paso, called his presidential run a "renewal of democracy" during an exclusive local TV interview with KFOX14 Morning News anchor John Purvis.
"Power is now going to be returned to and come from people, and that's wonderful for democracy and this country," O’Rourke said.
The first reason why O'Rourke said he's running is to make the country's economy inclusive.
"We have to make sure that this is an economy that works for everybody. That you can afford to work just one job, be able to take care of your kids, live to your full potential," O’Rourke said.
If the 46-year-old is elected into office, O'Rourke said he also wants to stop climate change.
"We have to make sure that climate, which is the defining existential issue, not just of this planet, is squarely confronted by the political will of our fellow Americans," O’Rourke said.
On Thursday in Iowa, O’Rourke linked the climate change issue to future immigration.
"The kind of migration and refugee flows that we will see when entire bands of this world are no longer habitable will be a crisis of a different magnitude altogether," O’Rourke said.
On Thursday on his first stop in the early voting state of Iowa, O’Rourke said there needs to be health care for everyone.
"But whatever that expense, I guarantee you, it is a hell of a lot less than what we pay today to lose the people in our lives," O’Rourke said.
Looking ahead to the grind of the race, O’Rourke said he already misses his family, but he's running for them as well.
"Your kids, my kids, you know, Ulysses, who in 2050 is going to be just about my age, is going to be looking back on this moment in 2019 in Keokuk, and every moment thereafter, to judge what we did or what we failed to do,” O’Rourke said.
O'Rourke said his presidential campaign will he headquartered in downtown El Paso.