Beto O’Rourke Says He Isn’t Ruling Out 2020 Presidential Bid

The New York Times reports that Representative Beto O'Rourke told a crowd on November 26 that, despite earlier statements that he would not seek the presidency in 2020, he hasn't actually ruled out running.

Representative Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat whose unsuccessful underdog Senate bid this year turned him into a political celebrity and fund-raising powerhouse, told an El Paso audience on Monday that he was not ruling out running for president in 2020.

Mr. O’Rourke had previously said, on repeated occasions, that he would not seek the presidency in the next election. But Mr. O’Rourke has demonstrated strong appeal with a cross-section of Democrats as well as with people who had never voted before or infrequently cast ballots, and he now possesses a list of hundreds of thousands of small donors that is the envy of most politicians mulling a White House bid.

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