Texas Governor Greg Abbott is one of the most popular Republican leaders in the country, and continues to push back against the Biden administration.
However, a left-wing rival has just popped up: it’s Beto O’Rourke, who is launching a Democratic challenge against Abbott.
The current Governor has quickly reacted, though — and his new campaign ad is making waves.
O’Rourke announced his bid for Governor, officially launching his campaign against the two-term Republican Gov. Abbott.
O’Rourke failed in his attempt at the 2020 presidential nomination, but his political career is far from over.
He almost defeated Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas election, and he retains plenty of far-left supporters who might vote for him.
But Abbott is already turning O’Rourke’s questionable past statements and polices against him.
In a new ad clip, Abbott goes after O’Rourke’s stance on the border, and that has become a verified crisis since the start of 2021.
From Fox News:
‘We don’t need any walls to solve a problem that we do not have,’ O’Rourke is seen saying at the top of ad in a clip from a past campaign event.
The spot then uses TV news clips from earlier this year of the surge of undocumented migrants trying to cross into the U.S. along the nation’s southern border with Mexico.
On top of that, O’Rourke said he’d “take the wall down” if he was given the chance.
Abbott political consultant David Carney added that this is just the beginning: Abbott’s campaign will keep calling out O’Rourke.
Specifically, they’re going to “hold O’Rourke to past positions,” which might not look very good in today’s environment.
Carney cited several other points that are bound to come up in the new campaign.
For example, O’Rourke supported a push to buy back assault-style weapons, and he’s supported the controversial Green New Deal as well.
Carney believes it won’t serve Beto well in battling Abbott.
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He’s not taking the competition lightly, but he did predict that O’Rourke would ultimately become “a three-time loser.”
O’Rourke managed to drag in a ton of fundraising cash back in 2018, which resulted in his almost ousting Cruz. He just fell a little short.
This time, Abbott and Carney are anticipating more fundraising successes for Beto, so they expect the race to be “competitive.”
In the end, though, it might be an uphill battle for O’Rourke, as Texas still tends to lean right.