O’Rourke to rejoin presidential race with El Paso speech

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In this April 27, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke speaks at a Service Employees International Union forum on labor issues in Las Vegas. O’Rourke has unveiled a sweeping immigration plan to seek a pathway to U.S. citizenship for 11 million people in the country illegally, deploy immigration lawyers to the southern border and earmark $5 billion to bolster the rule of law in Central America. (AP Photo/John Locher)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Beto 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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