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Beto on 2020: Everything's On the Table. Prez, VP, Senator...

O'Rourke still expects to make decision on whether to run for president, Senate this month
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2019 4:40 PM CST
In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party in El Paso, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

(Newser) – Beto O'Rourke says he hasn't ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate, even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he'll seek the presidency himself. Answering a question in Spanish about possibly being another candidate's running mate after an El Paso event Tuesday, the former Texas congressman answered in Spanish: "I'm going to consider every way to serve this country. And, yes, that will include anything." O'Rourke, who became a political star by nearly upsetting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November, said in English that he may yet opt to challenge Texas' other Republican US senator, John Cornyn, in 2020.

"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," he said in response to the Cornyn question, per CNN. "So, yeah, I'm thinking through that and it, you know, may involve running for the presidency. It may involve something else." (O'Rourke recently told Oprah Winfrey he would decide on 2020 by the end of this month.)

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