Beto O'Rourke met with Barack Obama amid 2020 rumors: Report

In a move that raises more suspicion that he’s seriously considering a 2020 grab for the presidency, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) reportedly met with Barack Obama at the former president’s offices in Washington, D.C., according to a scoop from The Washington Post

The meeting took place Nov. 16, the Post reports, amid pressure from Obama aides eager for O’Rourke to capitalize on his momentum and run. The paper did not specify its sourcing on the meeting. 

The El Paso, Texas, native narrowly lost his bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last month, but his campaign revitalized Democrats’ hopes that the right candidate could turn the reddest of states blue. 

Though O’Rourke said during his Senate campaign that he didn’t have his eye on the presidency, he changed his tune at a town hall in El Paso last week and said that he and his wife had “made a decision not to rule anything out.”

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EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) (R) talks with a supporters after he cast his ballot at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Texas US Senatorial Candidate Beto O'Rourke leaves a polling station at El Paso, Texas, Community College-Rio Grande Campus, with his children, after casting his vote in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018. - Americans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of US President Donald Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), his wife Amy Sanders and their children are surrounded by journalists after they voted at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), his wife Amy Sanders (R) and their children Henry, Ulysses and Molly walk back home after voting at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), his wife Amy Sanders and their children leave their neighborhood polling place after voting at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) and his children Molly (L) and Ulysses leave their neighborhood polling place after voting at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Texas US Senate candidate Beto ORourke (R) walks with his wife, Amy Hoover Sanders, and his three children, Ulysses, 11 (3rd L); Henry, 7 (L); and Molly, 10, to the El Paso, Texas, Community College-Rio Grande Campus to vote in the US midterm elections on November 6, 2018. - Americans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of US President Donald Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)
Texas US Senate candidate Beto ORourke (R) walks with his wife, Amy Hoover Sanders, and his three children, Ulysses, 11 (3rd L); Henry, 7 (L); and Molly, 10, to the El Paso, Texas, Community College-Rio Grande Campus to vote in the US midterm elections on November 6, 2018. - Americans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of US President Donald Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) and his children Molly (L) and Ulysses leave their neighborhood polling place after voting at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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If O’Rourke were to accept Obama’s help in a 2020 bid, it would signal a change in their political relationship. Though Obama had offered to come stump for O’Rourke in Texas while he was running against Cruz, O’Rourke declined and said he wanted the campaign to be by Texans, for Texans, a source told the Post. 

A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released Tuesday found that O’Rourke is the third most popular Democrat among potential 2020 presidential candidates, trailing behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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