However, details of what has been discussed between O’Rourke’s camp and Obama allies in key primary states is unclear.
“This is the phase for someone exploring a presidential campaign in that they’re doing everything they can to decide who they may want to run an organization and who they could turn to if he enters the race,” one unnamed Obama aide told CNBC.
O’Rourke said recently he isn’t ruling out a potential 2020 presidential run, walking back earlier claims that he wouldn’t run for the presidency regardless of the outcome of his campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
During a recent interview with his former campaign strategist David Axelrod, Obama paid O’Rourke a compliment that raised eyebrows in Democrat circles: The younger progressive congressman reminded him of himself.
In addition to meeting with O’Rourke, Obama has sat down with a number of potential 2020 candidates, including Sens.