Beto O’Rourke Calls Texas Governor Abbott an Extreme Radical

Tom Handy

Continuing his drive across Texas, Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke spreads his message across the state. On a few occasions, he has called out the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott.

On Friday, O’Rourke arrives in the Panhandle as he continues the 49-day campaign that he started this week in El Paso.

While speaking to the crowd, O’Rourke told them he plans to be the direct Democratic governor since 1991. The last Democratic Governor was Dorothy Ann Williams Richards who held the seat from 1991 to 1995.

O’Rourke said:

"It's all going to be uphill, we're going against the odds, and 32 years since Texas elected a Democrat to be governor."

O’Rourke’s Midland Turnout

This past Wednesday, O’Rourke drew a crowd of 441 according to his staff.

Then some people asked some serious questions and concerns.

One teacher was worried about a possible shooting at her school.

Then another person was worried about her job security while she works in the oilfields. O’Rourke said he wants to keep the oil fields but start to expand on renewable energies such as wind and solar.

O’Rourke commented:

“Some country, some people are going to come up with the innovation, they’ll possess the ingenuity, and they will win the future. I want that to happen in Texas and I want that to be headquartered right here in the Permian Basin.”

And, a Veteran and retiree was wondering what was O’Rourke’s stance on how seniors would be if he were elected governor.

O’Rourke continues to campaign on these primary issues - gun control, improving the education system, and expanding health care access.

Midland is also the former home of George H.W. and George W. Bush.

Local Courtney Ratliff said Midland wasn’t as Red as people think. Ratliff led the change of Robert E. Lee High School to Legacy High School in 2021.

While in Amarillo, Beto O’Rourke said:

"I don't care if you're a Republican, a Democratic, an independent. This extreme, radical, fringe agenda, that's Greg Abbott. That's not us."

Today, O’Rourke speaks in Amarillo at 6 p.m.

Then tomorrow, he will speak at Dumas at 10:30 a.m., Spearman at 3 p.m., and then Pampa at 7 p.m.

The full list for O’Rourke’s drive for Texas can be found here.

Do you think O'Rourke's drive across Texas will help him come election day?

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