U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez said he considers Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.) to be a potential presidential candidate in 2020.
“I take anybody who raises as much money as he did, from a national perspective, to be a potential candidate, and at the end of the day, we’ll see whether or not that happens,” Menendez said. “It’s going to be a crowded field, so distinguishing yourself is going to be critical.”
O’Rourke raised and spent more than $80 million in an unsuccessful bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) last year.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the first to officially announce her presidential bid when she created an exploratory committee late last month. U.S. Sen Cory Booker is expected to mount his own bid but has yet to announce.
“I think he has a vision for the country. He can bring people together in common cause, and so I think he’ll gain his fair share of support,” Menendez said of Booker, whom he supports and later jokingly told to hurry up and announce his bid.