Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas) said in an interview published Sunday that asking whether he deserves to be president after losing his campaign for a Senate seat is a “great question.”
“Oh yeah. I think that’s a great question. I ask that question myself,” he told The Dallas Morning News.
O’Rourke, who emerged as a Democratic star in his campaign to unseat Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R), is viewed as a top contender for the party’s nomination for president in 2020.
A CNN poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers released late Saturday showed O’Rourke trailing only former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.).
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But O’Rourke told The Dallas Morning News that he “truly” has not made a decision “or even really begun the serious work of making a decision.”
“So I just don’t want to lead anyone to think that we’re doing something or not doing something,” he added.
He also told the newspaper that he wants to talk more with his wife about the prospect of running.
“Amy and I had this expectation that after the sixth of November, one way or another things would kind of die down and we could regroup and you know, catch up. But in some ways, things have intensified,” he said.