Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Monday that he would not rule out a run for president in 2020, backtracking on recent statements that he would not seek the White House.
O’Rourke, who rocketed to national fame with his campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, indicated Monday that he and his wife are discussing the possibility.
“Amy and I made a decision not to rule anything out,” O’Rourke told reporters after a town hall in El Paso, Texas, according to The Washington Post.
Cruz defeated O’Rourke in a surprisingly close race in deep-red Texas, but the El Paso Democrat’s loss immediately sparked widespread calls for him to challenge President Trump.
During his Senate campaign, he pushed aside calls for him to run for president, saying on MSNBC: “I will not be a candidate for president in 2020. That’s, I think, as definitive as those sentences get.”
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