>Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, has met with former President Barack Obama signaling he may run for President in 2020.
According to a report by the Washington Post, the former Democratic candidate who lost his election for Senate against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, met with Obama at his Foggy Bottom offices on November 16th.
During the 2018 midterms, O’Rourke gained much popularity among youth voters and many of Hollywood’s elite such as singer Beyonce, basketball superstar Lebron James, and popular talk show host Ellen Degeneres, in the hope of turning a reliably red state to blue.
As O’Rourke’s popularity increased, so did the monetary contributions to his 2018 campaign. His campaign raised more money than any other campaign in the country.
Sources told the Washington Post, Obama had offered to help in his race for Senate by doing campaign stops and recording a robocall, however, O’Rourke was not interested in an Obama endorsement at the time. At a town hall meeting, O’Rourke said, “I don’t think we’re interested [in an endorsement]. I am so grateful to him for his service, he’s going to go down as one of the greatest presidents. And yet, this [election] is on Texas.”
After losing the election to Senator Cruz by a narrow margin, the Post noted that aides close to Obama have a desire to see O’Rourke run for President in 2020 using an inspirational campaign theme similar to that used by Obama in 2008.
However, O’Rourke is on the record vowing during his campaign for the Senate, not to run for President in 2020. Perhaps a meeting with Obama changed his mind?
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