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O'Rourke met with Obama shortly after midterm loss: report

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) met last month with former President Obama, just days after the Texas Democrat lost his Senate race against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate committee advances Biden's DHS pick despite Republican pushback Google suspends donations to lawmakers who voted against certifying election The Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis MORE (R), The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The meeting was held Nov. 16 at Obama's offices in Washington, D.C., amid speculation that O'Rourke could launch a White House bid for 2020.

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O'Rourke has received praise from several Obama's allies who said they see similarities between the former president and O'Rourke.

Obama has called O'Rourke an “impressive young man" in a recent interview “The Axe Files” podcast, hosted by Obama's former strategist, David Axelrod.

“It felt as if he based his statements and his positions on what he believed,” Obama said of O'Rourke's Senate campaign. “And that, you'd like to think, is normally how things work. Sadly it's not.”

O'Rourke was narrowly defeated last month in his effort to unseat Cruz, but he is viewed as a possible frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination. He has said he is considering a presidential run.

One recent poll showed O'Rourke trailing only former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWhat the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Business groups prepare for lobbying push against minimum wage Schumer: Senate could pave way for reconciliation on COVID relief next week MORE (I-Vt.) among potential 2020 Democratic candidates.