Former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, appears to be leaning toward making a run for the White House in 2020, Dallas News is reporting.
O’Rourke has been deciding whether to run in the Democratic primaries or challenge Republican Sen. John Cornyn.
Noting his recent comments and out-of-state trips, the website said O’Rourke appears to be aiming at the White House rather than Cornyn. But he is still remaining coy about his intentions.
"I'm trying to figure out how I can best serve this country, where I can do the greatest good for the United States of America, so yeah, I’m thinking through that, and it, you know, may involve running for the presidency, it may involve something else," O'Rourke was quoted by The Texas Tribune while accepting the El Pasoan of the Year award on Tuesday.
But the Dallas News noted he recently made a speaking engagement in Illinois and at the University of Wisconsin. And he also spoke at a Milwaukee college. The website pointed out Wisconsin is a presidential battleground President Donald Trump won in 2016.
O’Rourke narrowly lost to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas in November. During the campaign he referred to Cruz as an absentee senator, who was not fulfilling his duties to Texas, according to Dallas News.
But, the website said he does not feel the same way about Cornyn, who he has worked with in the past.
O’Rourke met with former President Barack Obama back in November, but has insisted he still has not made up his mind whether to make a run for the White House.
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