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 CruzO’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate CNN ripped for hiring former Republican operative as political editor: 'WTF?!?!' The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? 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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden tops declared 2020 Dems in New Hampshire poll O’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate Sanders on Trump insult: Crazy that president 'is a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and a fraud' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders to sign pledge affirming he will run as a Democrat Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon MORE (I-Vt.) among potential 2020 Democratic candidates.