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

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeSanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina On The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump MORE reportedly met with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference 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. 


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 Cornyn Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Trump struggles to reshape Fed Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks 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 CastroDems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings Texas student says he lost military scholarship due to Trump's new transgender policy Big Dem names show little interest in Senate 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 CruzMichael Bennet declared cancer-free, paving way for possible 2020 run Booker, Harris have missed most Senate votes O'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign 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 HarrisCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' Tulsi Gabbard fundraises off 4/20: 'Appalls me' that feds consider marijuana illegal MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTim Ryan doesn't back impeachment proceedings against Trump Schiff: Democrats 'may' take up impeachment proceedings Trump claims Democrats' plans to probe admin will cost them 'big time' in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' 2020 Dems ratchet up anti-corporate talk in bid to woo unions MORE (D-N.J.).

"Even saying these words, it's hard to believe that I met with Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Trump hits Romney for Mueller criticism Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' 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 TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE's visit to El Paso to speak on border security issues.

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