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story.lead_photo.caption In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party in El Paso, Texas. O'Rourke formally announced Thursday that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of intense speculation over whether he'd try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid.

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President Donald Trump is welcoming Beto O'Rourke to the Democratic primary race with faint praise.

Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office Thursday, Trump says of the Texas congressman: "Well, I think he's got a lot of hand movement." Then he added: "Is he crazy or is that just how he acts?"

O'Rourke announced he was entering the race Thursday, joining a vast pool of Democrats hoping to take on Trump in 2020. For his part, Trump said he was ready for anyone.

Asked if he was more threatened by O'Rourke or former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump said: "whoever it is I'll take him or her on."

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