Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has launched a new online ad touting support from Texas women, using candid interviews recorded at the 2013 Texas Federation of Republican Women Convention in San Antonio.
The voices in the ad state:
“Greg Abbott fights for our rights, he is relentless, he is strong. He is a man of honor, a fighter, and someone who’s not afraid to stand up. He is a proven commodity in supporting Texas values and supporting Texas liberties. He’s pro-life, he’s conservative and he’s done an awesome job standing up to the Obama administration and standing strong for Texas. Three words to best describe Greg; integrity, faith and family. I am a strong Texas women and I support Greg Abbott for the governor of the great State of Texas.”
The ad features ten different women, two of whom are African-American.
Grace Garcia is the executive director for the Democratic women’s group Annie’s List, and she's also a supporter of Wendy Davis’s campaign for governor. Garcia says not once does the ad actually touch on women’s issues, and that Abbott's record shows he is not a supporter of women. "He used his position to help de-fund women’s healthcare clinics all across Texas," Garcia says.
Garcia adds, “[Abbott] has a long record of indifference almost to the point of being hostile to Texas women. I think you have to look at what he’s done as attorney general and the things that he says.”
Political experts say Abbott’s ad comes as no surprise, and Texans should look for a similar one coming from the Davis campaign as both camps try to woo suburban women, one of the larger voting blocs in the state.
See the ad below: