O'Rourke, Schumer huddle on possible 2020 bid: report

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeKlobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket Poll: Sanders, Biden seen as most popular second choices in Dem primary MORE reportedly met with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (D-N.Y.) as the Texas Democrat considers the possibility of a 2020 White House bid or another run for Senate.

According to Politico, the two men sat down last week and discussed O'Rourke's political ambitions. 

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Both O'Rourke and fellow Texan Julian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Obama, are thought to have the best chances to defeat Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Poll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Texas), whose seat is up for grabs in 2020, the news outlet noted. Castro has already announced a 2020 White House bid.

A source close to Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroGOP senator voices concern about Trump order, hasn't decided whether he'll back it Dems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Ocasio-Cortez, Castro plan to introduce bill to block national emergency MORE (D-Texas), Julian Castro's twin brother, told Politico that Joaquin Castro "believes Beto could beat John in 2020, and if Beto decides to see this thing through and do that, then Joaquin will give him his full support, just like he did against Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzEl Chapo's lawyer fires back at Cruz: 'Ludicrous' to suggest drug lord will pay for wall Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket Poll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again MORE.”

“Otherwise, Joaquin will absolutely consider jumping in and finishing the job,” the source added.

Schumer's office declined to comment to Politico on the meeting, and O'Rourke's office didn't respond to the news outlet's request for more information.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month, O'Rourke said that he was close to making a decision on whether to launch a 2020 presidential campaign. If he did, he would join an already crowded field that contains Castro among others including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKlobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors MORE (D-N.J.).

"Even saying these words, it's hard to believe that I met with Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMiami Herald publishes names of all kids killed by guns since Parkland shooting 
 Virginia can be better than this Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket MORE and I'm saying it to Oprah Winfrey," O'Rourke told Winfrey.

"You seem like you're getting ready to run," Winfrey responded.

The former lawmaker made headlines again earlier this week when he headlined a counter-rally on the same night as President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE's visit to El Paso to speak on border security issues.

--This report was updated at 10:05 a.m.