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) on Thursday ruled out a 2020 presidential run if he wins in November against incumbent 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).
The Texas Democrat, whose national prominence rose in recent months, did not however specifically rule out the possibility of running if he is defeated in November during a CNN town hall.
“The answer is no,” he told an audience member who asked if he foresees himself running for president. “Our children are 11, they’re 10, and they’re 7 years old. We’ve told them we’re going to take these almost two years out of our life to run this race, and then we’re devoted and committed to being a family again.”
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“I mean, let me put it this way,” he added when pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash. “I promise to you, and most importantly, to the people of Texas, that I’ll serve every single day of a six-year term in the United States Senate and I won’t leave this state to go run for president.”
O’Rourke added that he would be “back in El Paso” if he doesn’t win, though not specifically saying if losing would affect his 2020 plans.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke gives @DanaBashCNN a “definitive no” as to whether he would run for president.
“I promise to you and most importantly the people of Texas that I’ll serve every day of a six-year term in the United States Senate,” O’Rourke said. #TexasTownHall pic.twitter.com/J3pvy8EaKd
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) October 19, 2018
O’Rourke’s popularity following the a video on social media showing him defending NFL players’ right to protest led to some speculation whether the 46-year-old could be a potential future contender for higher office in the Democratic Party.
He currently trails Cruz in the state’s Senate race by single digits, according to recent polling of the race, but reported a massive $38 million fundraising haul for the most recent quarter of 2018.