Gov. Greg Abbott was in Fort Worth Wednesday with law enforcement. Fort Worth Police Association President Manny Ramirez endorsed the governor, along with Austin Police Association President Thomas Villarreal, Sen. Kelly Hancock and Rep. Phil King.
“I’m running for re-election to secure our border, fully fund our police and ensure we reform the bail system to keep dangerous criminals behind bars,” Abbott said.
Abbott said he was the candidate for law enforcement and security in the state. He added that the Democratic candidate, former congressman Beto O’Rourke, is soft on the border and supports defunding the police.
“Beto’s approach to defunding the police is an extremely dangerous approach,” Governor Abbott said.
The Abbott campaign references O’Rourke’s comments in a 2020 podcast. But O’Rourke said he was not for defunding the police, and his campaign added that during his time in Congress and as a city councilman, he had voted to increase funding for law enforcement.
Former Congressman O’Rourke also defended his record on Lone Star Politics.
“Unlike Greg Abbott, I’m going to listen to law enforcement, they begged him not to sign the law without a permit,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke, was in town last week as part of a 49-city road trip through Texas. One of the topics discussed at this gathering was abortion.
“I want to make sure, like I’ve done in Congress, like I will as governor, that the decisions women make are left to the women themselves in consultation with their doctors,” O’ said. Rourke.
Law enforcement, border issues and abortion are some of the topics you can expect to hear when the two meet in a debate at the end of the month.
Gov. Greg Abbott made his second campaign appearance in North Texas in two weeks. On Wednesday, he appeared with law enforcement in Fort Worth saying he was the best candidate for law enforcement and security.