EL PASO, Texas – Proper Printshop started printing shirts as soon as they were opened at 10am Thursday
. The clothing presented phrases like "Beto 2020" with an image of the former El Paso, Texas, Congressman with Old Glory sunglasses.
"It's nice to know that someone from El Paso, a city like ours, can strive to do something incredible," said designer Patrick Gabaldon about Beto O & Rourke's decision to enter the crowded camp of Democratic presidential candidates
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Gabaldon created the images for the first time when O & # 39; Rourke was running for the Senate seat against the current Ted Cruz last year, a race that pushed O & # 39; Rourke into the national spotlight.
While he eventually lost the mid-race election to Cruz by a few percentage points, O & # 39; Rourke gained recognition of the name and became known for his fundraising ability, raising 80 million amazing dollars during his run.
Although he initially said he would not run a presidential race, O & # 39; Rourke canceled that decision, announcing early on Thursday morning.
"Amy and I are happy to share with you that I am running to serve you as the next president of the United States of America," he said in a video.
At noon, several people had requested T-shirts, the excitement between El Pasoans was growing.
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"I think it's going well. I think our current president will do much better [than]. And I'm just a democratic person. So does my vote," said Alan Zambrano.
O & # 39; Rourke was in Iowa for the first stages of his electoral journey. He visited Keokuk, Fort Madison, Burlington and Muscatine, gathering voters and sharing his views for the country.
He asked for health assistance and quality and guaranteed interventions on climate change.
"This is our last chance, the scientists are absolutely unanimous on this, that we have no more than 12 years to undertake an incredibly bold action on this crisis", said O & # 39; Rourke.
However, some are less enthusiastic about his run.
"I am not in favor of him as a candidate, I believe that the Democrats must resolve what they will do, I believe that President Trump will continue to be the president and I wish Beto the best of luck," said Steven Nagy.
Others say they have little faith in the political system.
"I am disillusioned with the representation of the people. I think our political leaders are more important to the big business and the money of the individuals themselves in the United States," Tafari Nugent said.
Although some say that the candidacy of O & # 39; Rourke raises the excitement among Texans, professor of politics Todd Curry, of the University of Texas at El Paso, distrusts the notions that the candidate could flip this red state.
"I keep thinking that we will have to wait a couple of more electoral cycles until Texas is put into play," Curry said.
O & # 39; Rourke is ready to hold a kickoff rally in El Paso on March 30th.
Fox News contributor & # 39; Charles Watson contributed to this report.