After running two ads hitting Greg Abbott on his insider record as Texas Attorney General, siding against rape victims and cancer patients, Wendy Davis is now airing a contrast ad on the topic of Texas education.
The ad starts by highlighting Greg Abbott’s education record, defending $5.4 billion in education cuts for Texas schools and his proposal to implement standardized testing for four year olds. The ad then pivots to Davis highlighting her plans to reduce standardized testing, bureaucratic waste, and how improved access to education will help build an economy that works for all Texans.
Of the three ads Davis has run to date, this is easily Davis’ strongest.
This is the first television ad where Davis has highlighted her own positive agenda. Education policy and funding was one of Sen. Davis’ primary issues during her six years in the Texas Senate. Davis became such a fierce advocate for public education policy and school funding, Senate Republicans decided it was easier to remove her from the Public Education Committee than to listen to her. Despite her removal, Davis continued to attend Public Education Committee hearings in this last session, where she was allowed to question witnesses, to make a positive impact for school children across Texas.
For a top, statewide office, it is not enough to tell Texans why Greg Abbott is an unacceptable choice for Governor; voters need an alternative to vote for. However, because recent polling has continued to give Abbott the advantage, Davis will need to continue hammering Abbott on his own record for the foreseeable future.
Contrast ads, such as this one may provide the best path for the Davis campaign to narrow the margin and provide a path to victory on election day. Hopefully, this is the first of many contrast ads, which build up Sen. Wendy Davis, we will be seeing over the next two months.
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