FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, then-Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke makes a campaign stop at Austin Community College Eastview, in Austin, Texas. After weeks of near-silence, O’Rourke is resurfacing on the biggest of stages, sitting down with one of the world’s best-known women in Oprah Winfrey with the chance to take back a 2020 spotlight that has lately been seized by a first wave of top Democratic primary contenders who have already jumped into the race. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Oprah offers big stage for Beto O'Rourke's reemergence

February 05, 2019 - 12:37 am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's weeks of near-silence are coming to an end on a massive stage, as he sits down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The appearance Tuesday on "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square" will test the former Texas congressman's charisma ahead of a possible presidential campaign.

O'Rourke dazzled Democrats last year by nearly defeating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. But his presidential prospects have been overshadowed more recently with the generally well-received 2020 campaign launches of Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

O'Rourke isn't expected to announce a decision one way or the other while taping a program that won't air until Feb. 16. But being associated with a Democratic powerbroker like Winfrey could prove invaluable should he join the race.

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