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

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-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 CruzOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators at White House Senators confirm Erdoğan played 'propaganda' video in White House meeting 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 BidenSondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report Biden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Democrats seize on report of FedEx's Bernie Sanders tax bill to slam Trump's tax plan If we want to save earth, we need to change how we eat 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.