Texas congresswoman-elect says she would ‘love’ to see Beto run in 2020

Texas Rep.-elect Veronica Escobar (D) says she would welcome a 2020 presidential bid from Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), who last week lost his midterm Senate race against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRepublicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Texas House special election to gauge suburban mood Texas Democrats roll out plan to win state House in November MORE (R).

“He should run — I would love to see that happen,” Escobar told Hill.TV correspondent Molly Hooper during an interview that aired on Wednesday.

The former El Paso County judge went on to praise O’Rourke’s leadership, saying she has “a lot of love” for the congressman’s vision of unity and dignity for the country as a whole.

O’Rourke ran a closer-than-expected campaign against Cruz, losing last week by only 2.5 points.

But Escobar hopes the El Paso lawmaker's loss won’t dim his political ambitions in the future.

“I love that he cares about each and every person — that’s what government is about, and I think he’s an exemplary public servant and I don’t want us to lose him,” she said.

O’Rourke gained national attention in his red-state bid, during which he raised a staggering $70 million.

Speculation has grown on whether O'Rourke might take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE in 2020 bid, though he's repeatedly said he's not interested. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll, O’Rourke is among the top three possible Democratic 2020 contenders, following Former Vice President Biden and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP Iowa senator suggests Trump impeachment defense could hurt Biden at caucuses On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Sanders launches first TV ads in Nevada MORE (I-Vt.)

Despite O’Rourke’s loss, last week’s midterm elections were still a historic night for the Lone Star State.

Escobar is poised to take over O’Rourke’s seat in Texas’s 16th District in January, becoming one of the first two Latinas from Texas elected to Congress.

— Tess Bonn