Speculation is rampant about whether Beto O'Rourke is going to make a White House bid. But the former U.S. Senate candidate is offering little about his plans, keeping even close allies and supporters in suspense.
Beto O'Rourke, the Texas Democrat who got most of the attention in this year's general election, got more votes than any other Democrat on the statewide ticket. But one of them out-performed O'Rourke in 171 counties.
The faraway 2020 presidential election is already underway, and it's got a distinct Texas air to it, with Democratic Party rising stars Julián Castro of San Antonio and Beto O'Rourke of El Paso deciding whether to run.
Former Obama aides have encouraged the outgoing Democratic House member to make a White House run. The recent meeting was the first signal that the former president is getting personally involved in talks with the Texas congressman.