Greg Abbott Buses Supporters To Debate As Wendy Davis Holds Statewide Watch Parties

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For the first time in eight years, Texans will witness a gubernatorial debate tonight between the major candidates in the general election. Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott square off in a televised debate taped in an Edinburg hospital.

Watch the debate with fellow Democrats and progressives in Austin at Scholz Garten. Details are all here.

Abbott’s campaign has resorted to busing supporters to the Rio Grande Valley to show faux-support for the Republican in the region. He’s even paying for their lodging! Wendy Davis’s campaign released the following email image from an organizer looking to send recruits to the Valley:

Meanwhile, Wendy Davis is holding statewide watch parties that demonstrate her grassroots support across Texas, and give field organizers another way to contact voters and volunteers. Click here to find an event near you.

During tonight’s debate, expect Davis to highlight the clear choice in this election between her work on education and Greg Abbott’s work for fellow insiders at the expense of hardworking Texans. Abbott has repeatedly insulted the Border region, and continues to defend $5.4 billion in cuts to public education in the courts.

The debate starts at 6:00 p.m. Want to watch it? Click here for a list of TV stations.

See y’all at Scholz!

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women’s basketball and breakfast tacos.

8 Comments

  1. “For the first time in sixteen years, Texans will witness a gubernatorial debate tonight.”

    Is that accurate? In 2006, there was a debate between Perry, Chris Bell, Kinky Friedman, and Carole Strayhorn. Perry also debated Tony Sanchez in 2002. Were those not broadcast all over Texas? I saw the 2006 debate in Austin and assumed they were broadcast all over the state, but I didn’t ask and don’t know. I just remember being horrified by the one I did see.

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  3. “For the first time in sixteen years, Texans will witness a gubernatorial debate tonight. ”

    The last gubernatorial debate was in 2006. Eight years ago.

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  5. So Greg Abbott, the candidate of the Ted Nugent Party,evasive and sleazy, got hammered by Wendy Davis talking sense and speaking for ordinary Texans, unlike Greg Abbott, a puppet for stealthy, dirty Big Money. Pretty much much what I expected. The score: Wendy, for Texas: 100. Greg Abbott (for the dirty Big Money): 0.

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