Where Texas candidates for governor stand on immigration and gun rights

Where Texas candidates for governor stand on immigration and gun rights

Governor Greg Abbott/ Beto O’Rourke (Getty Images/KXAN) AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke announced Monday morning he’s tossing his hat into the ring for governor. “I know that together we can get back to being big again,” O’Rourke said in an official announcement posted to all of his social media accounts. O’Rourke is running uncontested in the Democratic primary, but incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott isn’t the only Republican candidate. He’s running against former Texas state Sen. Don Huffines and Lt. Col. (retired) Allen West in the Republican primary. The candidates have all weighed in on several Texas-specific issues, including the crisis at our southern border and gun rights. Immigration Being from a border town himself, O’Rourke admits the Biden administration could be doing more but said Abbott’s approach isn’t the answer either. “We want to make sure that we follow the law, and that there’s order and predictability and safety at our border with Mexico,” O’Rourke said. “What we don’t need is a governor who’s more interested in photo opportunities and grandstanding at the border and who actually incites the kind of fear and anxiety that leads to the attacks that we saw in El Paso in 2019,” said O’Rourke. But, according to Abbott, the policies O’Rourke’s Democratic party supports have only contributed to chaos. “If Beto O’Rourke is to be elected governor in the state of Texas, there will be no one standing up securing our border like what I’m doing every single day.” Huffines […]

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