Texas governor calls Beto O’Rourke ‘cult-like’ figure [video]

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke as “cult-like” in the way that he’s receiving attention in his attempt to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz.

“He’s been a cult-like, very popular figure the way that he’s run the campaign, but you don’t vote on cult, you don’t vote on personality when you get to the U.S. Senate. You vote on the issues,” Abbott said on “Fox & Friends.”

Abbott was critical of O’Rourke’s liberal policy views, saying Texas voters won’t approve of “George Soros policies,” including higher taxes and open borders.

“Texans are hostile to any candidate who’s talking about raising their taxes,” he said. “Texans are hostile to anybody talking about big government programs run their lives.”

Abbott compared this year’s U.S. Senate race in Texas to his own campaign four years ago against Democrat Wendy Davis, who he noted also gained national attention before losing by roughly 20 percentage points.

A RealClearPolitics average of polls in the race shows Cruz with a 4.5 percentage point lead in the race.

An average of polls shows Abbott with a sizable lead over his Democratic candidate Lupe Valdez.



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