Former Democratic Representative Beto O’Rourke on Tuesday stated that he is planning another Senate bid in Texas in addition to a potential presidential bid.
“I’m trying to figure out how I can best serve this country — where I can do the greatest good for the United States of America. So, yeah, I’m thinking through that and it, you know, may involve running for the presidency. It may involve something else,” O’Rourke said, after being asked if he’s considering challenging Republican Senator John Cornyn in 2020.
O’Rourke was narrowly defeated by Republican Senator Ted Cruz in his 2018 bid for the Texas Senate seat.
According to Politico, he has been courted by some Democrats to run again for the Senate. O’Rourke also met recently with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to discuss a possible Senate bid in 2020.
O’Rourke is also weighing whether to run for the presidency in 2020. He said in an interview earlier this month with Oprah Winfrey that he planned to decide by the end of February whether he will make a White House bid.
On Tuesday, O’Rourke confirmed that he’s still expecting to keep to that timeline, CNN reported.
“I won’t be limited by, you know, the end of this month. But I expect to be able to get to a decision by the end of this month,” he said.