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Beto O'Rourke's Big Decision: He's 'Excited' to Share It

Former Texas congressman says he'll let us know about his political future 'soon'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2019 6:39 AM CST
In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo from New York, Beto O'Rourke is seen during an interview with Oprah Winfrey on a Times Square stage.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(Newser) – Texas constituents may be disappointed to hear that, after trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, Beto O'Rourke won't be trying the same against Sen. John Cornyn in 2020. That's what sources said to be "close" to the former Democratic congressman told the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday, though a short, cryptic statement from O'Rourke may give devotees something else to get fired up about. "Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country," the statement notes, referring to his wife. "We are excited to share it with everyone soon."

That announcement has fueled further speculation that O'Rourke, 46, is on the cusp of announcing a run for US president, which some political observers have been trying to steer him away from due to the oversaturation of candidates, per the New York Times. CBS News reports on O'Rourke's incremental shifts on an Oval House run, noting that he first insisted he wouldn't run during a 60 Minutes interview before Election Day, then changed that a few weeks later to say he and his wife would "think about what we can do next to contribute to the best of our ability to this community." He then told Oprah Winfrey in early February that he'd make a decision on a 2020 run "by the end of the month." (Read more Beto O'Rourke stories.)

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