DALLAS — During a pre-recorded interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on the OWN Network that aired on primetime Saturday, Beto O'Rourke explained he's seriously considering a run for the White House.
"I have been thinking about running for president," O’Rourke said.
Later in the conversation, recorded live in front of a New York audience, Winfrey asked, “Will you be running?"
"That's a big question for us to think through," O’Rourke responded.
O'Rourke, a former Democratic congressman from El Paso, quickly became a rising star of the Democratic Party. His 2018 campaign to unseat Republican Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate put him on the map — a race he lost by a narrow margin.
Beto is jobless for now, and many predict he'll join a crowded field of Democrats in 2020.
"Can I be part of bringing people together in a deeply divided country? Around things that we agree are common, can we have a common conception of what it is to be American — to serve, to sacrifice, to seek to achieve something far greater than anyone of us or what we will see over the course of our lifetime?" was a question O’Rourke posed to Winfrey during the interview.
Just last week, O'Rourke was back in El Paso. He was speaking out at a rally against funding the border wall — a rally staged while President Donald Trump was in town to promote the wall.
As for O'Rourke, he told Oprah he's still considering a presidential bid if it's the right move for his family and for the country.
But if he does, he'll face fierce competition in a crowded group of Democrats that only continues to grow.