Beto O'Rourke leaves door open to 2020 presidential run

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is changing his tune about the possibility of running for president in 2020....

Posted: Nov 27, 2018 10:50 AM
Updated: Nov 27, 2018 10:50 AM

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is changing his tune about the possibility of running for president in 2020.

Prior to his narrow loss in the Texas US Senate race to Republican Ted Cruz, O'Rourke had repeatedly insisted he would not run for president.

2020 Presidential election

Beto O'Rourke

Elections (by type)

Elections and campaigns

Government and public administration

Political candidates

Political Figures - US

Politics

US Federal elections

US Presidential elections

Government organizations - US

US Congress

US Senate

US Senate elections

Now, he's leaving the door open.

He said Monday he will finish his term in the House in January and focus with his wife and children on "being together as a family" until then.

"And then Amy and I will think about what we can do next to contribute to the best of our ability to this community," he said, when asked about a 2020 run by an attendee at a town hall in El Paso that was broadcast live on O'Rourke's Facebook page.

He then turned to his wife and asked, "Was that OK?"

Asked by reporters if it was fair to describe his answer as a shift for O'Rourke, who leading up to the midterm elections flatly ruled out the possibility of a presidential run, he said: "Yeah, it is."

"Running for Senate, I was 100% focused on our campaign, winning that race, and then serving the next six years in the United States Senate. That was 100% of our focus," O'Rourke said. "Now that that is no longer possible, you know, we're thinking through a number of things. Amy and I made a decision not to rule anything out."

He said that "the best advice that I've received from people who have run for and won and run for and lost elections like this is, don't make any decisions about anything until you've had some time to hang with your family and just be human."

Before the midterm elections, O'Rourke had said he would not run for president.

"I will not be a candidate for president in 2020," he told MSNBC the day before the election. "That's, I think, as definitive as those sentences get."

He also told CBS in an interview aired the Sunday before the election that "win or lose, I'm not running in 2020."

"We've spent the better part of the last two years not with each other, missing birthdays and anniversaries, and time together. Our family could not survive more of that. We need to be together," he said.

O'Rourke also shot down the possibility of a presidential run in a town hall hosted by CNN in October.

"The answer is no," O'Rourke said at the town hall.

"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," he said.

Pressed again, he said, "It's a definitive no."

West Lafayette
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 45°
Kokomo
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 43°
Rensselaer
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 40°
Fowler
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 40°
Williamsport
Clear
30° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 30°
Crawfordsville
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 45°
Frankfort
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 45°
Delphi
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 41°
Monticello
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 41°
Logansport
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 41°
Drier & mild for now, but very windy, colder weather with snow showers by Monday.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 324537

Reported Deaths: 5594
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion44186858
Lake28094462
Allen18660301
Elkhart17663230
St. Joseph17256234
Hamilton13612170
Vanderburgh10028121
Tippecanoe896729
Porter855386
Johnson6718169
Hendricks6412158
Vigo625889
Monroe550450
Clark531078
Madison5239122
Delaware5075103
LaPorte481196
Kosciusko475941
Howard364177
Bartholomew335365
Warrick335372
Floyd329478
Wayne325678
Marshall311846
Cass303931
Grant287150
Hancock272957
Noble264946
Henry256437
Boone255054
Dubois245631
Dearborn228231
Jackson226334
Morgan221243
Gibson194926
Knox193021
Shelby192656
Clinton185421
DeKalb183932
Lawrence183849
Wabash172821
Adams172422
Miami170815
Daviess163145
Fayette153734
Steuben153414
Jasper151713
Montgomery149327
Harrison147624
LaGrange146131
Ripley145815
Whitley142314
Huntington133510
Decatur132543
Putnam131128
White131022
Wells130130
Clay130023
Randolph128121
Posey125816
Jefferson124116
Scott114520
Greene106053
Sullivan102716
Jay101913
Starke95022
Jennings90414
Spencer8908
Fulton87519
Perry85121
Fountain8228
Washington8127
Franklin73427
Carroll71913
Orange70028
Vermillion6607
Owen6468
Tipton60327
Parke6026
Newton57812
Rush5708
Blackford56612
Pike52719
Pulaski41815
Martin3705
Benton3643
Brown3574
Crawford3081
Union2782
Switzerland2655
Warren2562
Ohio2387
Unassigned0266

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events