Wichita Falls native and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has accepted two invitations to participate in debates with Wendy Davis, according to Wayne Hamilton, campaign manager for the Texas Attorney General. Abbott is aiming to become the first Wichita Falls native elected governor.
Abbott is the top law enforcement official in the Lone Star State and has made two appearances in Wichita Falls since the campaign began. He first appeared at his boyhood home on Randel Drive where he was met by an enthusiastic crowd which lined the streets for blocks in every direction.
Abbott later made a more recent appearance at the Eleventh Street Coffeehouse in Wichita Falls where he was met by a crowd which more than filled the building.
Abbott has been campaigning on his strong record of defending Texans' individual religious rights as well as gun rights. As Attorney General he has successfully argued cases involving these issues in front of the United States Supreme Court.
It was largely because of Abbott's efforts that a monument including the Ten Commandments still stands on the Capitol Grounds in Austin.
Abbott has accepted an invitation to debate in McAllen, Texas on September 19, 2014, according to a press release. He has also accepted a second invitation from WFAA-TV to debate on Oct. 3 in Dallas against his Democratric opponent.
Abbott has led in every poll regarding the governor's race since the campaign began. The general election will be in November.
Wendy Davis, senator from Fort Worth, soared to national prominence last summer when she fought against a bill which would limit abortions to the first 20 months of pregnancy. Her efforts failed to derail passage of the bill by the Texas Legislature. She did succeed in earning spots on national television shows including CNN, MSNBC and the major networks as a result of her efforts in favor of abortion rights.
Davis has reportedly received huge donations from out of state sources who strongly support abortions.
Abortion activists reportedly strongly have supported her candidacy since her dramatic performance on the floor of the Texas Legislature.
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