Ex-Clinton press secretary: O'Rourke's post-2018 moves 'weird'

Joe Lockhart, the former White House press secretary in the Clinton administration, said Tuesday that Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke: Trump 'provoking' war with Iran by sending troops to Middle East Buttiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (D-Texas) "wandered into the wilderness" after losing his Senate campaign last year.

Lockhart called O'Rourke's moves since losing that race to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan MORE (R-Texas) "weird" but added that he expects O'Rourke to run for president.

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"Beto O'Rourke ran a great campaign in Texas that he lost and then wandered into the wilderness. It was weird. There were people who were wondering what he was up to," Lockhart said on CNN's "New Day."

Lockhart was apparently referencing O'Rourke's blogging during his road trip across the country last month, writing in one post that he was "in and out of a funk."

But Lockhart also said that O'Rourke's rally on Monday in El Paso, which was held not far from one President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE was holding the same night, was a success. 

O'Rourke said at the rally that El Paso is a safe place "not because of walls but in spite of walls." Trump has demanded that a wall be built along the southern border. 

Lockhart predicted that O'Rourke will enter the 2020 presidential race by the end of February.

"Last night offered a unique opportunity for him to stand side by side with the president, offer a different vision, speak in front of a big crowd. He was talking last night like someone who is about to get in the race," Lockhart said on "New Day."

"I think it would have been weird if a mile from the president he announced," he continued. "He should do it on his own terms. He was given an opportunity to sort of get back in this. He took it. He succeeded. I think he'll be in the race by the end of the month."