Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic former Texas congressman whose unexpectedly close but ultimately unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate generated buzz about a 2020 presidential bid, said on Tuesday he will decide by the end of the month whether to run.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER TEXAS CONGRESSMAN BETO O'ROURKE, SAYING: "If I can play some role in helping the country do that - by God I'm going to do it." (SOUNDBITE) (English) OPRAH WINFREY SAYING: "By God, when are you going to know the answer?!" Beto 2020?
In an interview with Oprah in New York City, the Texas Democrat said he's considering running for president and that a decision on that isn't far off.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) OPRAH WINFREY SAYING: "Have you given yourself a deadline?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER TEXAS CONGRESSMAN BETO O'ROURKE, SAYING: "The serious answer is really soon.
Before the end of this month." New Yorkers lined up outside the PlayStation Theater in Time Square to see the former congressman, who became a POLITICAL phenomenon last year ... after nearly defeating Republican Ted Cruz in a closer-than-expected Senate race in deep-red Texas.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER TEXAS CONGRESSMAN BETO O'ROURKE, SAYING: "There was something new and maybe even dangerous about the way we ran that campaign." In the Tuesday interview, O'Rourke also slammed President Donald Trump's push for a border wall, saying it was a 'racist response to a problem we don't have.
His hometown of El Paso sits on the U.S. Mexico border.