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O’Rourke Vows to Quell Texas ‘Culture War’ Politics in Speech

  • Gubernatorial candidate spoke at state Democratic convention
  • O’Rourke has focused campaign on health care access, education
Beto O’Rourke 
Beto O’Rourke Photographer: Mark Felix/Bloomberg

Gubernatorial hopeful Beto O’Rourke rallied Texas Democrats on abortion rights, gun control and securing the state electric grid in a prime-time speech at the Texas Democratic Convention Friday.

Former Congressman O’Rourke told state party members that he would fight to reverse some of the conservative social policies enacted in the last few years under Governor Greg Abbott-- including voting restrictions, looser gun laws and a ban on abortions -- that have increased concern the state may see a tempering in the robust influx of businesses and people that have propelled its economic gains.