2018-11-07 / News

Governor urges GOP voters to head to polls

by Allen Essex


REPUBLICAN GOV. GREG ABBOTT and former Republican Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, who was seeking to recapture his old post as Cameron County Judge, speak at a Thursday rally in Harlingen. (Photo by Allen Essex) REPUBLICAN GOV. GREG ABBOTT and former Republican Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, who was seeking to recapture his old post as Cameron County Judge, speak at a Thursday rally in Harlingen. (Photo by Allen Essex) Gov. Greg Abbott rallied Republicans at a last-minute “Get out the Vote” event Thursday in Harlingen. He emphasized job creation, the booming Texas economy, support for active duty military, reservists, National Guard, veterans, ranching, oil, and cotton farming in the Rio Grande Valley. This is the fourth time in a month he has campaigned in the area.

As Election Day looms Tuesday, Abbott urged Republicans to make sure they, and everyone they know, turns out to vote if they have not already taken advantage of their opportunity for early voting, which ended Friday.

Abbott was greeted warmly by former Texas Secretary of State and former Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos, who is running again for head of the Cameron County Commissioners Court.

Cascos and the governor embraced at Frankie Flav’s Craft Burgers, a recently opened downtown eatery, as Republican candidates for judgeships and other positions applauded.

Abbott reminded the crowd, many sporting red MAGA ball caps and wearing T-shirts with flag-waving designs, that his priority is to govern for all Texans and enact policies that improve peoples’ lives.

“Well, I hear that ‘Democrats are doing this’ and ‘Republicans are doing this,’ I remind them that people are doing these things. I’m a big believer in voting for people, instead of just party. Now, it’s not my fault that Democrats have to rely on split-ticket voting to win. It’s not my fault.”

Texans must get out and vote for the best candidate, but even that is not enough, Abbott said. “Not just because they’re a Republican, but because they are the best candidate.”

“How many here have voted?” Abbott asked. Many hands shot up. “Your job ain’t done yet. You’re not done, you’re not done. You have to make sure every possible family member and friend that can vote, votes.”

“Republicans cannot just go out and vote and then go home and have a beer, or some kind of refreshment, and relax, but this race is too close and too much is at stake,” Abbott said.

Texas is leading the nation in the economic recovery, he said. More new jobs have been created than in any other state in the nation.

The Texas economy is larger than that of the Russian Republic, Abbott said. Texas cannot reverse course and go back to past policies that hampered the Lone Star State’s economy, he said.

Discussing immigration, Abbott didn’t dwell on details of what may happen if caravans of refugees try to crash through barricades, or succeed in breeching U.S. ports of entry, as they did at Mexico’s southern border. Currently President Trump is dispatching thousands of troops to the border to bolster defenses already in place with Border Patrol, National Guard and local law enforcement ready to keep order.

A more secure border will be more important than ever, Abbott said. “My No. 1 job is to keep you safe.” Dangerous gangs such as MS-13 are sending people across the border and Texas cannot slack off in its law enforcement efforts, he added.

“I’m a big believer in legal immigration,” Abbott said. “We need the rule of law, we need top quality judges. I support law enforcement officials who risk their lives every single day to keep us safe.”

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