Beto O'Rourke spoke with Hillary Clinton about his 2020 campaign

Beto O'Rourke spoke with Hillary Clinton about his 2020 campaign
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Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) spoke with 2016 presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 MORE over the phone this week about his presidential bid, according to the Daily Beast

“Beto is grateful for Secretary Clinton's leadership and service to our country,” said Chris Evans, a spokesperson for the campaign. “He is glad they had the opportunity to talk about how we're witnessing people in communities all across America step up like never before, unite together, and fight to overcome the greatest set of challenges this country has ever faced.” 

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Evans pointed The Hill to his comment in the Daily Beast article when reached for comment.

The call, which came at O’Rourke’s request, was the first time he and Clinton had spoken about the 2020 race.

O’Rourke has hired several alumni of Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid for his own campaign. The former secretary of State has met with several 2020 contenders but has not yet issued an endorsement.

The Texas Democrat first rose to national prominence last year after an insurgent Senate bid to unseat Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE raked in a record amount of online donations. However, his standing in national and statewide polls has fallen in recent weeks amid dwindling media attention.