What You Missed From the Beto O'Rourke-Greg Abbott Debate
Incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and challenger Beto O'Rourke (D) held the first debate of their 2022 midterm competition last week, with both accusing the other of misinforming voters.
Immigration, guns, taxes, and the state's power grid were the key issues on the table. Both candidates agreed that Texas should stop spending money to curb illegal immigration, but for different reasons: Abbott said it was the job of the federal government, and O'Rourke said Abbott's spending on border security to date had been a waste of money. Little agreement was seen elsewhere. When Abbott said that "Texas has one of the lowest electricity prices in the country," O'Rourke replied that electricity is "one of the fastest-growing costs" in the state. Abbott was accused of lying about his level of coordination with New York City regarding his shipments of unauthorized migrants to the city, and O'Rourke was accused of skewing the facts when comparing Texas' tax rates to California's.
The debate was the only one scheduled between the two candidates, and lasted roughly an hour in a mostly-empty room with no live audience. Abbott held an 8-point advantage over O'Rourke in the polls as of last week, according to RealClearPolitics (Center bias).
Texas-based news sources across the political spectrum covered the debate prominently, and many attempted to fact-check numerous statements from both Abbott and O'Rourke, especially about taxes and Abbott busing migrants to sanctuary cities.
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“He not only supports abortion of a fully developed child to the very last second before birth” but, said Abbott, he opposes “providing medical care for the baby who survives an abortion. He is for unlimited abortion at taxpayer expense.”
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