Democratic Party star Beto O’Rourke plans to sit down for a public interview with Oprah Winfrey next month — raising the possibility that he’ll announce a 2020 bid for the White House.
Tickets for the Feb. 5 event at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square go on sale Monday, with Deadline.com reporting that they’ll cost $200 a pop.
O’Rourke, a former three-term US representative from Texas, has been mulling a presidential campaign since his narrow loss to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Winfrey announced that other “thought leaders, modern day influencers and social game changers” scheduled to chat one-on- one with her include actors Bradley Cooper and Michael B. Jordan, philanthropist Melinda Gates and Lisa Borders, president and CEO of the non-profit TIME’S UP women’s rights group.
O’Rourke generated national attention last year by raising more than $78 million to challenge Cruz.
That haul ranks second only to the $84 million-plus raised by Florida governor-turned Sen. Rick Scott, who poured in more than $64 million of his own fortune into the race.
O’Rourke wound up losing to Cruz by just 2.6 percentage points.
Although O’Rourke initially said he wouldn’t seek the White House regardless of how the Senate race turned out, he reversed that position during a town hall-style meeting in his hometown of El Paso in late November.