|Senator Van de Putte readily admitted she was a proud Democrat in a red state, but said that many observers might be surprised at the number of crossover votes she will get in November.
"More and more everyday we are finding supporters who identify themselves as Republicans who wonder what happened to their Party. I think people are going to be very surprised who will be crossing over."
Her crossover appeal isn't predicated on Dan Patrick winning the GOP runoff but given his anti-immigrant rhetoric and votes against the budget, his candidacy could accelerate the peeling off of many longtime self-identified Republican voters and business leaders.
She spoke about having an education system that included a "strong Pre-K through graduation," and improving healthcare delivery by working with the federal government instead of against it to bring Texas' federal tax dollars back to the state. She contended that Texas needed new leadership to tackle these issues noting that other red states with conservative governors and legislatures have managed to work with the federal government to expand access to healthcare to their citizens.
She was also very upfront about the resources needed to win a statewide race. Van de Putte said she didn't expect to have the financial resources that her GOP opponent would have and would rely heavily on traditional and social media generated by her campaign. Part of her strategy will be to heavily engage the online community through the blogosphere and social media.
"The news industry realizes the power of blogs and tweets," she said, continuing, "We all know from last summer that's how the news of the filibuster spread so fast."
Van de Putte made it clear that Texas is a large and diverse state but that there was a common thread of issues important to average Texans and speaking to those would be her top priority. When asked what her campaign's secret sauce for reaching voters was, the fiery Latina responded, "My strategy is not a strategy. Leticia is who she is."
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