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'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Mueller report is huge win for President Trump Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll Here's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report 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 CruzNunes on Mueller report: 'We can just burn it up' 18 state attorneys general call on Justice Dept to release Mueller report Lawmakers clash over whether conclusion of Mueller investigation signals no collusion 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 TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle 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."