Beto O'Rourke says he has 'made a decision about how we can best serve our country'

Beto O’Rourke. CNN photo.

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who for months has weighed a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, says he has made a decision about his political future.

A source familiar with O'Rourke's plans told CNN he has ruled out running for the US Senate in Texas in 2020, leaving open the possibility that he will launch a presidential bid.

"Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country. We are excited to share it with everyone soon," he said in a statement sent by an aide to CNN.

The news about O'Rourke's decision was first reported The Dallas Morning News.

The 46-year-old former Texas congressman has considered running for president and launching a second Senate campaign in recent weeks -- though friends and former aides have long cautioned that a Senate run was unlikely.

O'Rourke's comment comes just ahead of a self-imposed deadline at the end of February to decide what he would do next.

By Eric Bradner, CNN. The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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