Beto O'Rourke is running for president — and people can't get over his Vanity Fair cover

A month after cover star Miley Cyrus blasted President Trump as a “completely racist, sexist, hateful a**hole” in its March issue, Vanity Fair is handing the spotlight over to a man who hopes to kick him out of office: Beto O’Rourke.

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Though his bid to dethrone Ted Cruz as Texas’s junior senator last November ultimately proved unsuccessful, the 46-year-old rising star is banking on his sudden popularity to help take him from El Paso to the White House.

O’Rourke formally confirmed that he’s running for president in the 2020 election in a statement to El Paso’s KTSM. But it was Vanity Fair’s April cover, released just hours before his announcement, that really kickstarted the 2020 buzz.

The Texan wears blue jeans in his photo shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, while the cover line makes his political intentions clear. “I want to be in it,” he’s quoted as saying. “Man, I’m just born to be in it.”


O’Rourke has some stiff competition, with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and fellow Texan Julian Castro among those vying for the Democratic nomination.

And just as O’Rourke’s footage of his January visit to the dentist raised eyebrows, his starring role on a magazine that typically features Hollywood stars on its cover has some wondering if, to borrow a phrase popular in his home state, he’s all hat and no cattle.







The cover has already gotten the meme treatment, too.




Jokes and criticism aside, O’Rourke is very serious about his presidential campaign. Here’s the announcement video featuring the former Texas congressman and his wife, Amy Hoover Sanders.

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