What Will Beto Do?

Chelsea Wade
February 25, 2019 - 9:12 am
Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke

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We're expecting an announcement from former Congressman Beto O'Rourke any day now. There has been talk about him running for president, challenging John Cornyn for his Senate seat, or being picked to be someone's vice president. 

"He'll be some kind of contender," said UNT Political Science Professor Dr. Kimi King. "Whether he runs for president or John Cornyn's Senate seat. I think it boils down to what he thinks his chances are for raising money. It is usually all about the money."

King said she expects O'Rourke to make the announcement Tuesday or Wednesday. "It always behooves you to stay out longer and let people continue to build you pushing to run. There's really no rush on him deciding. You don't want to be lost in the news cycle, which is why I would be hestitant to say he'll announce on Friday. There are a lot of things that could come down. We're looking for Mueller investigation and you don't want to time any statement that you make at the same time something else is breaking."

O'Rourke shot to the top of the political pecking order after nearly upsetting Senator Ted Cruz in the midterms. At an event honoring him as the 2018 El Pasoan of the Year, Beto O’Rourke said he hasn’t ruled out being a vice presidential candidate. “I’m going to consider every way to serve this country. And, yes, that will include anything,” he answered in Spanish.

O'Rourke said he’s still deciding what is best for his family. “I want to make sure that I think that through. I won’t be limited by the end of this month, but I expect to be able to get to a decision by the end of this month,” he said during that luncheon.

If O'Rourke decides to run for president, he'll join an already crowded race, which includes Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.