| Leticia Van de Putte is taking Texas by storm in her statewide bus tour, which launched in San Antonio last week. The sixteen city tour will take her across Texas to speak with voters as Dewhurst and Patrick continue to battle it out for most conservative candidate in the Republican run-off.
While the GOP candidates fight with each other, Van de Putte is talking to voters about the issues that matter. From the issues facing our veterans to the importance of trading with Mexico, Van de Putte has her eyes on the general election and the issues that matter most to Texans.
More on Van de Putte's bus tour below the jump.
|Van de Putte knows that the issues facing Texans are far more varied than the conservative social issues at the center of her counterparts' campaigns on the other side of the aisle. She is proving her investment in the concerns of Texans in all regions of the state as she meets with groups at each stop along the way.
At the Opportunity Center for the Homeless on her stop in El Paso, Van de Putte met with leaders on veterans rights in the area to address the concerns facing those Texans who served our country. Van de Putte has a proven record of standing up for veterans' rights, and her deep understanding of the issues facing this group of Texans was clear in her meeting at the center.
From the specific problems faced by female veterans to the expected increase in veterans seeking services in the near future, Van de Putte pledged continued dedication to veteran's issues as Lieutenant Governor.
We want to make sure that we're prepared for that group of veterans that we know are coming, they are going to be transitioning to civilian life and we need to be prepared to make sure that that transition is successful.
Van de Putte has seen first hand how statewide offices can impact the lives of veterans. Governor Perry's refusal to expand Medicaid is a perfect example. "When Gov. Rick Perry said no to the expansion of Medicaid, he also said no to 68,000 veterans," Van de Putte explained.
In her stop at the Pharr International Bridge in Pharr, Texas, the conversation turned to the importance of trade with Mexico - which has a great impact on both the local and state economy. For those living and working in the Rio Grande Valley, it is important for statewide office holders to recognize how this relationship effects their daily lives. Van de Putte addressed this, saying:
Mexico's development goes in hand in hand with the future of the Rio Grande Valley and that is why I joined local leaders to listen to their concerns and priorities. It is clear to me that my opponents' divisive politics of fear ignore the tremendous opportunity for economic growth right here in South Texas. Toxic rhetoric about border communities used to garner votes hurts Texas businesses and costs jobs. My opponents are looking to the past, while I am focused on the future. It is a future of economic development, infrastructure, respect for our trading partners, and opportunity for the hardworking families of Texas.
Van de Putte's bus tour is just one more example of how she is the right choice for Texas. While the two top candidates for the GOP for Lieutenant Governor fight to be the most conservative on issues of immigration and women's health, Van de Putte is proving to voters across the state that she knows their lives are about much more than that. She understands that the average Texan is looking for a Lieutenant Governor who speaks for them, not for the fringe conservative voters who control primary politics. Van de Putte is not just the kind of Lieutenant Governor Texas needs - she is the Lieutenant Governor we deserve.