For the love of Texas, vote red

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By Mary Anna Billingsley

Texas needs Attorney General Greg Abbott to become the next Governor of Texas on Election Day this Tuesday, November 4.

Attorney General Abbott, a native Texan, currently serves as the 50th Attorney General of Texas, and has served as a Texas Supreme Court Justice and a State District Judge. He received his B.B.A. in Finance at the University of Texas and received his law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Attorney General Abbott is the best choice for Texas. Instead of a national political agenda, Abbott will safeguard Texas from the federal government by working to repeal ObamaCare, defend strong voter ID laws to protect our election process and work to uphold traditional Texas values in order to keep our communities and families safe.

Abbott’s opponent, Wendy Davis, caught Democratic attention in 2013 when she filibustered the anti-abortion law for nearly eleven hours in the Texas Senate. Davis opposed House Bill 2, referred to as the “abortion law,” which closed down all but eight abortion facilities in Texas, requiring health-concerning issues to be tackled such as the prohibition of abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization except in cases of severe fetal abnormality, the requirement of a hospital within 30 miles that will admit the individual and the requirement of a follow-up appointment within 14 days of taking abortion-inducing drugs. Davis’s campaign platform focuses on pro-abortion issues, the reduction of standardized testing in schools and the expansion of Medicaid through ObamaCare.

In an interview with NewsMax TV, Abbott stated, “[Obama] is a president who is unconstrained by the law and is acting more like a king than he is president, because it is only the Congress of the United States of America that can make laws.” Abbott is focused on keeping Texas safeguarded against national overreaching regulations and has filed more than 30 lawsuits against the Obama Administration. Abbott challenges the constitutionality of ObamaCare and plans to work on repealing the program as governor.

As several past elections have shown, voter fraud is a real and far too common problem in our voting system. Texas voters are currently required to present an approved form of photo identification to vote in elections. Abbott’s website states, “Voter ID laws do not prevent legal votes. Instead, they ensure legal votes are not discounted by illegal votes.” In order to maintain the integrity of our elections, voter fraud must be stopped.

Abbott is concerned about the safety of our communities. He believes in keeping citizens protected from all types of predators, whether online or just beyond our front doors. Due to Abbott’s 2003 launch of the Cyber Crimes Unit, 4,454 fugitives, sex offenders, parole violators, and felons have been arrested, keeping the children of our communities safe.

Unlike Abbott’s business-like informative ads, his opponent Wendy Davis has used emotional and negative advertising in a majority of her campaigning. One recent Davis claim accused General Abbott of favoring a ban on interracial marriage, though, if he is elected, his wife will become the first Latina lady of Texas. Another tasteless ad begins with an empty wheelchair, obviously targeting General Abbott’s paralysis, caused by a tragic jogging accident years ago. In response to the ad, General Abbott stated, “If she wants to attack a guy in a wheelchair, that’s her prerogative…As for me, I’m running a different type of campaign…I will focus on the future of Texas.”

His campaign website states it best, Attorney General Greg Abbott is a “defender of the Constitution, protector of our rights and vocal conservative who stands on the foundation of law.”

To keep Texas on the Right track, make sure to cast your votes for General Greg Abbott.

Mary Anna Billingsley is a senior studying Public Relations with Strategic Communications and Communication Studies from Shreveport, Louisiana. She currently serves as College Republicans President and previously interned for a year in Marketing & Communications at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

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