O’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said Tuesday he is not ruling out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate even though he is actively considering running for president or the Senate next year.

“I’m going to consider every way to serve this country. And, yes, that will include anything,” he answered in Spanish when asked if he would consider taking the No. 2 spot on the party’s presidential ticket.


He added that his near future “may involve running for the presidency. It may involve something else,” according to The Associated Press. He was speaking at an event honoring him as the 2018 El Pasoan of the Year.

It was reported in December that advisers to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to 'cool down' amid nuclear threats MORE floated the idea of tapping O’Rourke as a running mate if Biden were to make a 2020 bid of his own.

O’Rourke shot to national prominence in 2018 after his Senate campaign to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzAnti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week Biden's DOJ civil rights nominee faces sharp GOP criticism MORE (R-Texas) captivated the progressive base and garnered a record amount of small, individual donations. He lost by less than 3 points in the ruby red Lone Star State.

The Texas Democrat is known to be actively mulling a presidential bid in 2020 and has been courted by Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda Rep. Andy Kim on Asian hate: 'I've never felt this level of fear' MORE (D-N.Y.) and others to try to unseat Sen. John CornynJohn CornynIntelligence leaders push for mandatory breach notification law Senate GOP signal they won't filibuster debate of hate crimes bill Application portal for venue grants down for five days with no updates MORE (R-Texas) next year. He has said he plans to make his final decision public by the end of the month.

Though he has performed near the top of several polls surveying national support for 2020 Democratic candidates, he would be jumping into an already crowded primary field should he decide to run for the White House, joining Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBernie Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for 'no more police' Briahna Joy Gray: IRS needs proper enforcement mechanisms to tax wealthy Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal after pushback Scalise carries a milk carton saying Harris is 'missing' at the border Harris to visit Mexico and Guatemala 'soon' MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenForgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting trillion Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory BookerBiden's DOJ civil rights nominee faces sharp GOP criticism Congressional Black Caucus members post selfie celebrating first WH visit in four years Black lawmakers press Biden on agenda at White House meeting MORE (D-N.J.) and more.