Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks at the League of United Latin American Citizens' "March For a United America," in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. More than 100 people marched through the Texas border denouncing racism and calling for stronger gun laws one week after several people were killed in a mass shooting that authorities say was carried out by a man targeting Mexicans. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

O'Rourke to rejoin presidential race with El Paso speech

August 14, 2019 - 9:00 am

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke is formally rejoining the presidential race with a national address from his hometown on the U.S.-Mexico border, where a mass shooting killed 22 people.

The Democratic former Texas congressman will speak Thursday in El Paso, outlining "the path forward" for his 2020 bid and the country.

O'Rourke was in Nevada on Aug. 3 but suspended his campaign and has tried to help his city cope since a gunman who denounced immigrants opened fire at a Walmart.

In a CNN op-ed posted Tuesday, O'Rourke said the shooting suspect drove more than 600 miles (965 kilometers) to "hunt and kill Hispanic people" and was inspired by President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric. Trump blames mental illness and video games for the violence.

O'Rourke wrote Americans must decide what the nation stands for "at this defining moment of truth."

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