It’s understood that Rep. Beto O’Rourke is no Barack Obama, even though many people make strong comparisons, but on Tuesday even the former President had to give the El Paso Democrat his props, the Dallas News reports.

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“Impressive young man who ran a terrific race in Texas,” Obama said in a taping of The Axe Files, a podcast produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.

He continued: “What I liked most about his race was that it didn’t feel constantly poll-tested,” Obama said. “It felt as if he based his statements and his positions on what he believed. And that, you’d like to think, is normally how things work. Sadly it’s not.”

And like many others, Obama made compared O’Rourke to himself too.

“The reason I was able to make a connection with a sizable portion of the country was because people had a sense that I said what I meant,” he said. “What I oftentimes am looking for first and foremost is, do you seem to mean it?”

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A Firm Stance

O’Rourke, became a sensation after a video of him speaking at a Town Hall circulated widely and drove home points about the present challenges Black people still face in America – especially the rising police shootings against unarmed black men.

O’Rourke ran unsuccessfully against Sen. Ted Cruz (R).

Beto O’Rourke, who currently serves the 16th District in Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is also a stern supporter of higher quality healthcare for women of color. The congressman’s record in the House is progressive and rarely aligns with the Trump administration’s agenda. He even has endorsements from the likes of LeBron James and Travis Scott.

It seems that O’Rourke and Obama have a mutual respect for one another, even though the Texan told the Texas Tribune that he wasn’t interested in Obama’s endorsement.