Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor Krystal Ball: Voters are coming to their own judgements about who is electable Warren campaign to host series of events in Texas MORE (D-Texas) said he and his team are "not interested" in an endorsement from former President Obama at a town hall Thursday, according to the Texas Tribune.


Obama announced his second wave of endorsements for the upcoming midterms on Monday, naming 260 candidates, 11 of whom were in Texas.

Although O'Rourke was not on the list, he did not seem fazed.

“I don’t think we’re interested [in an endorsement],” he said.

“I am so grateful to him for his service, he’s going to go down as one of the greatest presidents. And yet, this [election] is on Texas.”

When O'Rourke campaigned to defeat incumbent Rep. Silvestre Reyes in 2012, Obama and former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonEx-CIA chief calls Trump intel shakeup a 'virtual decapitation' of the intelligence community Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' Enlightening the pardon power MORE endorsed his opponent. Beto pointed out that that did not work.

"Bill Clinton fills up the county coliseum and a screaming El Paso Times front page headline [said] 'President urges El Paso to stick with Reyes,'" he said. “And we won. And what that drove home for me is that someone else’s popularity is not transferrable to a given candidate.”

In a Hill.TV interview Tuesday, Democratic strategist Adam Hodge also said an endorsement wasn't necessary.

“Beto is not going to be helped by an Obama endorsement in Texas," he said. "Quite frankly, he’s got his own brand in Texas."

On the other side of the race, incumbent Senator Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPompeo to speak to influential conservative group in Iowa Top National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role Ted Cruz takes aim at Alabama vasectomy bill: 'Yikes' MORE (R) has welcomed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE's endorsement, and the president is set to hold a major rally for him sometime this month.