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 Cruz Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate 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 TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 SandersButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now 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