The 44th president has met with two people who are believed to be top contenders to take on the president in the next race for the White House.
And neither on of them is his former Vice President Joe Biden, The Daily Mail reported.
Congressman Beto O’Rourke, whose failed Senate attempt shot him to Democratic stardom, has met with former President Barack Obama to discuss a 2020 presidential bid, it has been revealed.
The meeting took place Nov. 16 – less than two weeks after the midterm election – at the former president’s offices in Washington D.C., The Washington Post reported.
O’Rourke may have lost to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Election Day – and will be unemployed as of Jan. 3 when the new Congress is sworn in – but he has sparked more presidential speculation than most.
Democrats cited his impressive $70 million fundraising hall along with his use of social media that made him a national phenomenon.
O’Rourke, who lost by 2.6 percent to Cruz, said during his Senate campaign that a White House bid was not on the table.
But last week, a town hall meeting in his hometown of El Paso, he said he was considering it.
‘Running for Senate, I was 100 percent focused on our campaign, winning that race and then serving the next six years in the United States Senate,’ he explained. ‘Now that that is no longer possible, you know, we’re thinking through a number of things,’ he added.
Asked if his position on 2020 was different that it was before the election, he said: ‘Yeah, yeah it is.’
Obama aides have said the 46-year-old congressman reminds them of the former president in the way he can energize the Democratic base. Obama was 47 when he took the oath of office to become president.
The former president has even said O’Rourke reminds him of himself.
‘The reason I was able to make a connection with a sizable portion of the country was because people had a sense that I said what I meant,’ Obama told his former strategist David Axelrod last week on his podcast.
He noted O’Rourke has the same quality.
‘It felt as if he based his statements and his positions on what he believed. And that, you’d like to think, is normally how things work. Sadly it’s not,’ Obama added.
The former president has met with several Democrats considering 2020 bids including his former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Sources told the Post that one factor weighing on O’Rourke is the time a presidential run would take from his family. He and his wife Amy have three children: Ulysses, 11, Molly, 10, and Henry, 7.