A source close to Mr. O. Rourke's plans told CNN that he had ruled out the US Senate's candidacy for Texas in 2020, leaving open the possibility that he would run for president.
The 46-year-old former Texas congressman has considered running for president and running a second campaign in the Senate in recent weeks – although his friends and former councilors have long warned that 39, a race in the Senate was unlikely.
O 'Rourke's comment comes just before the self-imposed deadline in late February to decide what he would do next.
O 'Rourke appeared as a rising star of the Democratic Party as he was attempting to overthrow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the mid-term elections of 2018. His $ 80 million smashed record-breaking records. funds for Senate campaigns, even as O 'Rourke had refused to accept donations from all political action committees. And the Texas Democrats credited his loss of less than 3 percentage points for helping the candidates to vote to win the victory across the state.
When he comes to the presidency, O. Rourke – who built his profile by visiting many Republican areas and posing as an optimist with little interest in partisanship – would fall into the field of frequent criticism from the president. Donald Trump. His candidacy would also verify whether the party's progressive base and its legions of young voters are more interested in inspiring personalities or candidates whose ideology matches theirs.
The main attraction of the Senate campaign was O 'Rourke's status as an only accessible candidate. While visiting the 254 counties of Texas, an assistant followed with a cell phone camera and broadcast almost all live events, as well as many readers to each other, on Facebook.
During the race, O 'Rourke had insisted that he did not show up for the presidency. But in December, after his brief defeat, O 'Rourke changed his tone, telling reporters after a public session that he was considering running.
Since leaving office, O. Rourke's political activity has focused on opposing Trump's desire to create a border wall. He argued that the fence built in 2008 to separate El Paso from Ciudad Juárez was ineffective and stated that he would like to see it demolished.
After leaving office in January, O 'Rourke took the road for a trip through Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. He admitted in a blog post on Medium that he "had been stuck recently" and that he had "sunk into the funk".
O 'Rourke drew the country's attention when he countered Trump's visit to El Paso by guiding thousands of people during the president's parade to one of his own, to a little more than a few days ago. A football field, where he denounced his wall attempt.
"With the eyes of the country on us, we will all take a stand together, here in one of the safest cities in the United States of America – safe because of the walls, but despite the walls" , did he declare. said in his speech. "We treat each other with dignity and respect, which is how we secure our community and our country."
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in New York, O & # Rourke set a deadline at the end of February to decide on her future.
Later, in El Paso, he told reporters that he was considering both a candidacy for the presidency and a Senate campaign against Republican John Cornyn in 2020. The possibility of a seat in the Senate is now excluded, said a source informed of his plans Wednesday.