Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday compared Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke to Democrat Wendy Davis for his “cult-like” following and politics that he said will eventually lead to his loss in November.
“Listen, we’ve seen this show before,” said Abbott, speaking on Fox & Friends. “We saw it at my first race for governor four years ago when Wendy Davis was getting money and support from across the entire country, only to lose by 20 percentage points once it was revealed the positions that she really stood for. The same thing is happening for Beto O’Rourke.”
. @GovAbbott says @BetoORourke is this year’s @wendydavis who “was getting money and support from across the entire country only to lose by 20 points when it was revealed the positions she really stood for.” pic.twitter.com/JbKe7Q1wmL
— jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) October 1, 2018//
Abbott was also asked about O’Rourke’s 1998 drunken driving arrest, but he said he didn’t think it would matter much to voters, rather issues were more important. Abbott said O’Rourke supported “wealth redistribution” and “open borders” because of his stances on taxes and immigration.
“They don’t want the George Soros policies here in the state of Texas,” Abbott said, invoking a favorite target of conservatives, the Hungarian billionaire known for donating to liberal candidates and organizations in the U.S.
Abbott also brought up the fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault. O’Rourke’s opponent, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, voted to advance Kavanaugh from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday. O’Rourke opposes Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“We want to make sure, here in Texas, that people will be appointed to the United states Supreme Court who hew to the United States Constitution, as opposed to just making up the law,” Abbott said.
On @foxandfriends, Gov. @GregAbbott_TX describes @BetoORourke as a “cult-like figure,” claims Texans don’t want “George Soros policies.” pic.twitter.com/ErUW8CD2sF
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 1, 2018//
Abbott also unveiled a new campaign ad featuring survivors of the First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs last year. Julie Workman, the mother of Kris Workman, recalls when Abbott visited her son in the hospital after he was shot in the back and paralyzed during the massacre.
“Now Julie Workman knows that just because her son is paralyzed does not mean that his future has any limitations,” Abbott said during the Fox appearance. “As I have demonstrated, someone can suffer a paralyzing accident and still rise up and become governor of the state of Texas.”