Beto O’Rourke addresses Texas Democrats at convention in Dallas

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke rallied Texas Democrats at the party’s state convention Friday night in Dallas.

He told delegates: “Imagine a governor who, instead of attacking teachers, supports them, pays them enough so they don’t have to work a second or third job, just to make ends meet. Imagine a governor who will fix the network preparing them for the winter”. and air conditioning. Connecting ERCOT to the national grid, investing in energy efficiency and lowering your utility bills.”

Earlier in the day, O’Rourke greeted supporters at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and discussed his campaign priorities.

“We’re focused on jobs and economic growth, reducing inflation, supporting public school educators and expanding Medicaid so everyone can see a doctor,” O’Rourke said.

During the convention, Democrats also emphasized that they are fighting to protect voting rights, women’s right to choose and improve the reliability of the Texas power grid.

In an interview with CBS 11, Mike Collier, a candidate for lieutenant governor, said, “I’m worried about the network. We need to fix the damn network and people are worried about public schools, property taxes are blowing up. We have this crisis.” . at Uvalde, which shines a very bright light on what we need to do, which is make sure our students and teachers are safe.

Rochelle Garza, a candidate for Attorney General, told CBS 11, “It starts with access to reproductive health care to control your own body because that’s an important issue. Access to health care, making sure that people have access to ballot box, including worker protection and worker rights, that’s all that matters.


Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas this weekend

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The convention comes as O’Rourke announced that his campaign raised a record amount: nearly $28 million between February 20 and June 30 of this year.

That’s more than Gov. Greg Abbott, whose campaign announced he raised nearly $25 million during the same time.

Abbott’s campaign said he has nearly $46 million in his account.

O’Rourke also announced that 78,000 volunteers knocked on more than 100,000 doors last month alone.

“It’s already blown away anything we did in 2018, and in 2018 we had an amazing, amazing outfield team,” O’Rourke said.

But political analysts say challenges remain for Democrats in the midterms, including President Biden’s low approval ratings.

Recent polls show that gasoline prices and inflation are top concerns for voters.

A CBS News-You Gov poll conducted for CBSDFW last month showed Abbott leads O’Rourke by 8% margin49-41% among likely voters.

Other recent polls show Abbott leading by just five or six percentage points.

Up to 12,000 delegates attended the Dallas convention.

They are committed to voting for O’Rourke and all other Democratic candidates.

We asked O’Rourke how he would appeal to the independent and undecided.

“It means we go where the voters are and it doesn’t matter how red or blue their county supposedly is,” O’Rourke said. “You’ll see us in Waxahachie. You’ll see us in Grayson County, you’ll see us in Bonham. You’ll see us in Collin and Denton County, two counties that are quickly turning blue.” but not fast enough if we don’t show up.”

Pretta Vandible Stallworth, a delegate, said connecting with voters is key.

“It’s hard for people to really understand unless you have that face-to-face conversation,” he said.

A conversation that she and other delegates promise to have many times before Election Day.

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