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.

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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 BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response 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 CruzUp next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade 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 Schumer'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium Overnight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates National Organization for Women calls for Cuomo resignation MORE (D-N.Y.) and others to try to unseat Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell warns Schumer cutting off debate quickly could stall infrastructure deal GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 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 SandersFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Briahna Joy Gray: Voters are 'torn' over Ohio special election Shontel Brown wins Ohio Democratic primary in show of establishment strength MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris and our shameless politics Pelosi: House Democrats 'ready to work with' Biden on eviction ban Meghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenStaff seeks to create union at DNC America's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet California Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory BookerWomen urge tech giants to innovate on office return Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines MORE (D-N.J.) and more.