Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) teased a “big announcement” political future as speculation grows that the former senate candidate has his sights set on the White House in 2020.
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His camp sent out an email blast to supporters inviting them to be the first to know about O’Rourke’s next move but did not clarify the date when the announcement will be made.
“There’s been an outpouring of speculation, excitement, and support from people across the country — everyone eagerly waiting for the news. Many of us are crossing our fingers and hoping that Beto has decided to run,” the email said.
.@BetoORourke’s camp emails supporters asking them to sign up to be “first to hear Beto’s big announcement.” There’s no date on when the announcement will come. #tx2020 pic.twitter.com/ucFitpJlRo
— Alexandra Samuels (@AlexSamuelsx5) March 9, 2019
O’Rourke shot to national prominence last year after his insurgent bid to unseat 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 transfixed the Democratic Party base and raked in a record amount of small, individual donations. Though he fell short by under three points in the ruby red Lone Star State, the enthusiasm around his campaign sparked widespread calls for the former congressman to run for president in 2020.
“And now I’m ready for us to bring our movement to the rest of the country. It’s the exact kind of campaign that America needs right now, and it’s why so many of us are hoping that Beto has decided to launch a campaign for President of the United States,” Cynthia Cano, the deputy campaign manager for O’Rourke’s Senate bid, said in the email.
O’Rourke has already turned down repeated entreaties from Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE (D-N.Y.) to forego a White House bid and instead take on Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate headed for late night vote amid standoff over lands bill Koch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Tim Scott to introduce GOP police reform bill next week MORE (R-Texas) next year. He emerged to a raucous ovation when he made a surprise appearance Saturday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin for the premier of a documentary about his Senate campaign.
The Texas Democrat would face an already packed primary field should he throw his hat into the ring. High caliber candidates like Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and more have already announced their campaigns, and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE is also expected to make a White House run.
Though he would have to make up some ground in the fundraising battle against other candidates, some of whom have already been campaigning for months, O’Rourke could turn to his 2018 campaign strategy to try to replenish his coffers from small, individual donations from across the country.