Beto O’Rourke signals a 2020 run – Washington Examiner

Subscribers to Beto O’Rourke’s updates got a tease Saturday: An email suggesting a 2020 presidential run.

“If you’re on the edge of your seat about Beto’s decision around a potential 2020 run for president, you’re not alone,” read the email sent to those who received updates from the Texas Democrat’s failed Senate run. “But since you’re someone who supported Beto’s run for Senate, I wanted to invite you to be first to hear Beto’s big announcement.”

The email did not say whether the former El Paso congressman would be running, just that he has made a decision.

“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 to supporters continued.

O’Rourke ran for Senate in 2018, attempting to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Even though the Democrat lost, he did better-than-expected in a deeply red state, and garnered national and celebrity attention.

He was at the arts and technology conference South By Southwest on Saturday for the premiere of “Running With Beto,” a documentary about his Senate campaign that will appear on HBO in May.

That campaign set a record, raising more than $80 million even as it eschewed contributions from political action committees. His fundraising success led supporters to launch a “Draft Beto” effort for the presidency following his November loss.

At 46, O’Rourke would be one of the younger candidates competing in the crowded Democratic primary race. Sen. Bernie Sanders, at 77, is the oldest, followed by presumptive candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, 76. At the other end of the spectrum, former Obama Administration cabinet member Julian Castro is 44, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is 49.

There is no indication yet about when O’Rourke will make the announcement, and other candidates have signaled runs only to back away: Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown announced a listening tour to early-primary states, President Barack Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder scheduled an appearance in Iowa before announcing he would not seek the nomination, and Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley scheduled a “major announcement” to tell voters he would instead seek re-election, for example.

In January, Beto planned what was billed as a solo road trip outside Texas, describing his tour through Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico via lengthy, stream-of-consciousness dispatches posted to Medium and detailing his conversations with voters.

“Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country,” O’Rourke said in a statement last month, referring to his wife, Amy Sanders. “We are excited to share it with everyone soon.”

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