Former President Barack Obama, who recently likened U.S. Beto O’Rourke’s style of campaigning to his own, met with the El Paso congressman last month as he contemplates whether to run for president in 2020.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Obama and O’Rourke met Nov. 16 at Obama’s office in Washington, D.C.
During the campaign, O’Rourke, whose term in Congress ends in January, said he was not interested in running for president in 2020. But he has placed third in recent early polls for the Democratic nomination, behind only former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. After a congressional town hall meeting in El Paso last week, O’Rourke said that in the aftermath of his narrow defeat in the U.S. Senate race against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, he and his wife, Amy, are thinking over what to do next, and were not ruling out his running for president. Other supporters would like to see him challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, for re-election in 2020, but O’Rourke has told those in his inner circle that that possibility doesn’t tempt him.
Many have likened O’Rourke’s political approach to Obama’s “hope and change” campaign for president in 2008, and the premium each candidate placed on personal “authenticity.”
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