Rahm Emanuel throws cold water on Beto O'Rourke 2020 talk

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) on Thursday denounced the possibility of a potential 2020 presidential bid from Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D), who was defeated this month by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown DNC raises million in October in best monthly haul of the year Supreme Court weighs lawsuit pitting climate scientist against skeptics MORE (R-Texas) in his campaign to unseat the Texas Republican.

"If Beto O'Rourke wants to go and run for president, God bless him, he should put his hat in and make his case," Emanuel said on MSNBC. "But, he lost. You don't usually promote a loser to the top of party."

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O’Rourke, a three-term congressman and progressive star, ran a surprisingly close race against Cruz for Texas's Senate seat. The Democrat said Monday that he would not rule out a run for president in 2020.

“Amy and I made a decision not to rule anything out,” O’Rourke told reporters after a town hall in El Paso, Texas, according to The Washington Post.

O'Rourke rose to prominence during his campaign to unseat Cruz, raking in millions of dollars in fundraising and maintaining a tight race against Cruz in deep red Texas.

O’Rourke would likely enter a crowded primary field should he decide to run, facing off against other possible high-profile Democrats such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Watergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance On The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Democratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker hits fundraising threshold for December debate after surge of post-debate donations Bicameral group of Democrats introduces bill to protect immigrant laborers The Hill's Morning Report - Sondland stuns; Dems pull punches in fifth debate MORE (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Warren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters Hillicon Valley: Senators ask Trump to halt Huawei licenses | Warren criticizes Zuckerberg over secret dinner with Trump | Senior DHS cyber official to leave | Dems offer bill on Libra oversight MORE (D-Mass.), among others.

A Morning Consult poll released earlier this month showed O’Rourke polling third among Democratic voters’ preference for a 2020 presidential nominee behind Biden and Sanders.