EL PASO, Texas – Right Printshop began printing the shirts as soon as they opened at 10 am on Thursday.
The clothes featured phrases like "Beto 2020" with a picture of the former El Paso, Texas, Congressman wearing Old Glory sunglasses.
"It's cool to know that someone from El Paso, a city like ours, can strive to do something so incredible," says designer Patrick Gabaldon about Beto O & # 39; Rourke's decision to enter the narrow field of democratic presidential candidates.
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Gabaldon first created the images when R & rke Rourke drove for the Senate seat against existing Ted Cruz last year, a race run O & # 39 ; Rourke into the national spotlight.
While finally losing that mid-term election to Cruz by a few percentage points, R & Rourke gained name recognition and became known for his ability to raise money, and he received a $ 80 million moment during his run
If he Originally said he would not make a presidential run, Rourke turned that decision announcing the tough times of the morning.
"Amy and I are happy to share with you that I am running to serve you as the next president in the United States," he said in a video.
By midday, several people had requested the shirts. Excitement among El Pasoans grew.
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"I think he will be a good run. I think he will do much better [than] our current president. And I am just a democratic person. So he has my vote , Alan Zambrano said.
Rourke was in Iowa for the first stops along his campaign trail. He visited Keokuk, Fort Madison, Burlington and Muscatine, rally voters and shared his views for the country.
He demanded guaranteed High-quality healthcare and action against climate change.
"This is our last chance, the researchers are unanimous in this, that we have no more than 12 years to take incredibly bold action against this crisis," Rourke says.
Still, some are less than enthusiastic about his run.
I do not support him as a candidate, I think the Democrats have to sort out what to do, I think President Trump will continue as president and I island Beto will succeed, says Steven Nagy.
Others say they have little faith in the political system at all.
"I am disillusioned with the people's representation. I feel that our political leaders represent more big business and money than the individuals themselves throughout the United States," says Tafari Nugent.
Although some say that # 39; Rourke's candidacy increases the excitement among the Texans, Professor Todd Curry, professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, is cautious about the idea that the candidate may turn this red state.
"I still think we have to wait a few more bicycles until Texas is played in games, "Curry said.
O" Rourke will hold a kickoff rally in El Paso on March 30.
Fox News & # 39; Charles Watson contributed to this report.