As GOP Primary Foes Attack, Gov. Abbott Fires Back At ... Beto ORourke

O’Rourke has said he is considering running for governor, but has not said when he will make a decision.

Still, that isn’t stopping Abbott from going after the former El Paso congressman.

“The ad uses Beto O’Rourke’s own words to show why the policies he supports are both out-of-touch and dangerous to Texas,” said a statement from Texans for Greg Abbott.

The campaign did not say if the ad is running on television.

The ad comes as Abbott faces increasing pressure from his GOP primary opponents, who say the two-term governor isn’t conservative enough for Texas.

Former State Sen. Don Huffines and former state Republican Party chairman Allen West have both done national interviews on Fox News and have called out Abbott on social media for not doing enough to fight against vaccine mandates and fix the border crisis.

Just last weekend, Huffines ran ads during the University of Texas football game in 15 different television markets that slammed Abbott for not doing enough to secure the Texas border.

O’Rourke meanwhile has been offering his own criticism of Abbott on social media, targeting the governor’s attempts to stop vaccine mandates from employers.

“68,000 Texas have died from COVID on Abbott’s watch,” O’Rourke wrote on Twitter. “More will die as he prevents employers from protecting customers and employees. Abbott is killing the people of Texas.”

68,000 Texas have died from Covid on Abbott’s watch.

More will die as he prevents employers from protecting customers and employees.

Abbott is killing the people of Texas. https://t.co/gIxf055deI

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 12, 2021
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Abbott’s new ad does not address COVID-19.

The Lincoln Project, a group of anti-Trump Republicans, has also jumped into the fight, putting out ads criticizing Abbott’s handling of COVID-19.

The 2022 elections are shaping up to be the most difficult cycle of Abbott’s political career. Since first running for the Texas Supreme Court in 1996, Abbott has never faced a serious GOP primary. And if O’Rourke does run against him, Abbott would be facing a Democrat who came within 3 percentage points of knocking off U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018.

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Source : https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/As-GOP-primary-foes-attack-Gov-Abbott-fires-16533409.php

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