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O'Rourke on Possible 2020 Bid: 'No Decision'

Congressman Beto O’Rourke told supporters at a town hall today that he has not made an official decision yet regarding a possible bid for the White House in 2020.

O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, was asked at a town hall in his hometown whether he will run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. O’Rourke said he has made “no decision on that,” but then went on to describe what he feels the Democratic nominee will face in the upcoming presidential election.

"Whoever is running may very well be running against somebody who has not the slightest respect for our norms, our traditions, civility, dignity, decency and public life," O'Rourke said.

Since losing his U.S. Senate bid to Republican Ted Cruz in November, O’Rourke has been consistently mentioned as a possible candidate for president in 2020. O’Rourke reportedly met with former President Barack Obama last week to discuss his future and has been invited to a number of events for possible presidential contenders.

O’Rourke is not the only Texan looking at the White House from the Democratic Party, though. Former San Antonio mayor and Obama official Julian Castro has launched an exploratory committee ahead of a possible 2020 presidential bid.

O’Rourke/Photo by Campaign

O’Rourke/Photo by Campaign

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