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'RourkeOvernight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems MORE (D), who was defeated this month by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz slams Jim Carrey's 'vicious, angry' painting of Alabama governor after abortion ban Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults 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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget The Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Trump: Foreign countries want Biden in office so they can continue 'ripping off' the US MORE, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam MORE (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan 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.