A source familiar with the plans of O'Rourke told CNN that he had turned down his candidacy for the US Senate in Texas in 2020, leaving him open to the opportunity to run for president.
The 46-year-old former Texas congressman is considering running for president and launching a second Senate campaign in recent weeks – though friends and former assistants have long warned that the Senate is unlikely.
O'Rourk's comment comes just before the deadline that is due in late February to decide what to do next. Rourke rose as a rising Democratic star during his bid to sack Republican Senator Ted Cruise in 201
If you run for president, O'Rourke – who has built his profile by visiting heavily republican areas and offering himself as an optimist with little interest in guerrilla – will come into the field of frequent criticism of President Donald Trump. His candidacy will also check whether the progressive base of the party and its legions of young voters are more interested in inspiring figures or candidates whose ideology corresponds to them.
During the race, O'Rourke insisted he would not run for president. But in December, after a tight loss, O'Rourke changed his melody by telling reporters after the mayoralty that he was considering escaping.
After leaving office, Owen Rourke's political activity focused mainly on opposing Trump's bid for a border wall. He argues that the fence built in 2008 to separate El Paso from Ciudad Juarez is inefficient and said he would like to destroy it.
After leaving office in January, O'Rourke got on his way through Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. He has admitted to a blog post in Medium that he has "fallen late" and is "in and out of funk".
O'Rourke attracted national attention when he opposed Trump's visit to El Paso, bringing thousands of people to a rally in front of the presidential rally to one of his, little more than a football field, where he condemned Trump's striving for a wall .
"With the eyes of our country, we will all together make our booth here in one of the safest cities in the United States – safe not because of the walls, but despite the walls," he said in his speech. to another with dignity and respect. This is the way we make our community and our country safe. "
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in New York, O'Rourke set a deadline for the end of February to decide on his own future.
Later, in El Paso, he told reporters he was considering both a presidential nominee and a senatorial campaign against Republican John Corn in 2020. The possibility of holding a Senate is now ruled out, a source familiar with the plans his.,