O’Rourke: Asking whether he is ready for White House is a ‘great question’

Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCalls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas Texas Dems highlight health care in fight to flip state House Union leader vows 'infrequent' minority voters will help deliver Biden victory MORE (D-Texas) said in an interview published Sunday that asking whether he deserves to be president after losing his campaign for a Senate seat is a "great question."

"Oh yeah. I think that's a great question. I ask that question myself," he told The Dallas Morning News.

O'Rourke, who emerged as a Democratic star in his campaign to unseat Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley: Big Tech hearing the most partisan yet | Rubio warns about foreign election interference | Trump campaign site briefly hacked Tech CEOs clash with lawmakers in contentious hearing Trump announces intention to nominate two individuals to serve as FEC members MORE (R), is viewed as a top contender for the party's nomination for president in 2020.


A CNN poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers released late Saturday showed O'Rourke trailing only former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' What a Biden administration should look like Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' MORE (I-Vt.).

But O'Rourke told The Dallas Morning News that he "truly" has not made a decision "or even really begun the serious work of making a decision."

"So I just don't want to lead anyone to think that we're doing something or not doing something," he added.

He also told the newspaper that he wants to talk more with his wife about the prospect of running. 

"Amy and I had this expectation that after the sixth of November, one way or another things would kind of die down and we could regroup and you know, catch up. But in some ways, things have intensified," he said.