Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke gave one of the clearest signals yet about the possibility of announcing a run for president in 2020, telling Vanity Fair's Joe Hagan in a profile published Wednesday: "I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment."

Details: O'Rourke, who gained national prominence during his campaign for Senate last year — ultimately lost by a narrow margin to GOP incumbent Ted Cruz. He could announce his bid as early as this week, per multiple reports. Hagan says that O'Rourke, 46, privately met with former President Obama in November, who asked the Texas Democrat to examine whether his path to the Oval Office is clear and if he could win Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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The state of play: The record growth follows easing of the coronavirus-driven lockdowns that pushed the economy to the worst-ever contraction — but GDP still remains well below its pre-pandemic level.