FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It is starting to appear former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is leaning towards a presidential bid.

Late Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson released a statement from the former Congressman from El Paso saying, “Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country. We are excited to share it with everyone soon.”

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According to the Dallas Morning News, citing confidants close to O’Rourke, he will not challenge Sen. John Cornyn for his senate seat in 2020.

O’Rourke, 46, lost in a close race for U.S. Senate against Sen. Ted Cruz last November.

Beto O’Rourke speaks to the 6,000 people that showed up to protest Trumps wall and rhetoric about El Paso. (credit: Christ Chavez/Getty Images)

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O’Rourke opened up about a potential 2020 run in a conversation with Oprah Winfrey on February 5, during a taping of her program “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square.”

“I have been thinking about running for president,” O’Rourke told Winfrey as the packed audience cheered. The 46-year-old Democrat cited his desire to help unify the country. “I’m so excited at the prospect of being able to play that role.”


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