O'Rourke shows up at SXSW for premiere of 'Running with Beto' film

O'Rourke shows up at SXSW for premiere of 'Running with Beto' film
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Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report O'Rourke on Texas reopening: 'Dangerous, dumb and weak' Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE showed up at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas on Saturday for the premiere of a documentary about his 2018 Senate campaign.

The former congressman and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate spoke to a crowd in Austin at the premiere of HBO's "Running with Beto," praising the filmmakers for including scenes about other candidates in Texas.


“There are so many candidacies, so many leaders,” he said. “We got to be part of this amazing thing in Texas over the last two years, and it continues.” 

O'Rourke was also expected to participate in a panel discussion after the film's showing, according to the Houston Chronicle

O'Rourke is mulling a 2020 presidential run following his upstart Senate campaign last year against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTexas Republicans call on county GOP chair to resign for saying Floyd's death was staged Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Clyburn: Cowed GOP ascribes 'mystical powers' to Trump MORE (R-Texas), a race O'Rourke lost by under 3 points.

The Dallas Morning News reported last week that O'Rourke is likely to jump into the White House race.

If he does enter the race, he'll be facing off against several prominent progressive and Democratic candidates including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan Google: Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting Biden, Trump campaigns Sanders: Police departments that violate civil rights should lose federal funding MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality It's time to shut down industrial animal farming The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPaul clashes with Booker, Harris over anti-lynching bill Rand Paul holding up quick passage of anti-lynching bill Minority caucuses call for quick action on police reform MORE (D-Calif.), among others.

"Running with Beto" will come out on HBO in May. It debuted at SXSW, an annual festival of music, technology, media and other topics held in Austin.