Beto O’Rourke Meets Privately With Barack Obama Amid 2020 Buzz

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Beto O’Rourke can now add his name to the list of potential 2020 candidates who have met with former President Barack Obama in his Washington offices. The meeting is sure to inflame speculation around O’Rourke’s presidential ambitions.

The meeting, which was first reported on by the Washington Post, occurred on November 16. The similarities between Obama and O’Rourke have been commented on widely: both are young, relatively inexperienced candidates who have the ability to generate massive enthusiasm and get out the young vote.

O’Rourke has been teasing a run since he lost in the midterms to Senator Ted Cruz. But, like most of the possible 2020 faces, he hasn’t made a commitment. The meeting with Obama could prove to be another sign that O’Rourke is eyeing a run.

Last June, Politico reported that Obama was meeting with other potential 2020 candidates. At least nine candidates were cited on that list, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. But at the time, the former president was staying quiet on Trump and the state of the nation. That changed in the weeks before the midterms when he campaigned with candidates and called out his successor.

During his time running against Cruz, O’Rourke undoubtedly showed off a national appeal. He was the subject of profiles in every major magazine and became a media darling for his relatable appeal: he skateboards, eats Whataburger, and played in a punk band.

The Texas congressman was a fundraising phenom, shattering Senate records after bringing in $38.1 million to his war chest. That’s the sort of money that can fuel a presidential campaign, especially if the candidate drives everywhere and relies on inexpensive tactics like Facebook Live and viral clips that look great on late night MSNBC — and O’Rourke proved that he could do all of that during the campaign.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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TOM
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TOM

While I would like to agree with other posters that he would be good for a laugh but his race against Ted Cruz was too close for comfort. He has met with Obummer, Al Sharpton, and other demoncrap leaders. There is very real evidence that he is getting set up… Read more »

WellHungChad
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WellHungChad

Obama can give Beta Boy tips on how to hide his hit and run DUI, just as Barry hid his school records.

Linda Bayer
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Linda Bayer

Obama has got to be THE WORST president in our great country’s history!
He IS the president that divided my country with racism! JUST SAY NO!

Cherl
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Cherl

Two mental giants meet. Nothing to see here folks.

Leftiesrloony
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Leftiesrloony

Another whacko with big ideas! LMAO!

Preston
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Preston

He should run. We need a good laugh

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