Beto O’Rourke to join Dolores Huerta on her ‘Juntos Se Puede’ tour
The Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate will join the Latina Civil Rights icon on Sept. 18 as she traverses South Texas.
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Texas Gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke continues his campaign for governor as November gets closer. In his latest venture, he announced Friday, Sept. 2, that he will be joining civil rights leader and co-founder alongside Cesar Chaves, of the National Farmworkers Association on her “Juntos Se Puede” tour across South Texas.
“It is my honor to work alongside Dolores Huerta, a tireless champion for the civil rights and voting rights of every single American, especially those workers who are too often taken for granted or written off,” O’Rourke said in a news release. “Together, we will fight for all Texans — no matter who you are, who you love, where you are from, or who you support.”
O’Rourke will be alongside Huerta as she makes her way through McAllen, Brownsville, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi on Sunday, Sept. 18. The candidate looks to unify the rest of Texas around the issues vital to O’Rourke’s campaigns such as education, health care, workers rights, and women’s rights. Huerta is a lifelong activist from co-founding the NFA, to the start of her own foundation, the Dolores Huerta Foundation. The 92-year old continues to advocate to this day.
Coming off the heels of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s recent extremist behavior, such as busing migrants off to other cities, the latest being Chicago, O’Rourke and Huerta have both denounced his actions publicly.
“We have the people, we have the movement, we have the army that is going to elect Beto O’Rourke to stop the hate,” said Huerta. “When we think of all the pain that Greg Abbott has inflicted on the people of Texas. What else does he want?”
With less than nine weeks to go until the election, Abbott, who is seeking his third term, holds a lead ahead of O’Rourke according to a new poll. While it is a close race, support for Abbott has been proportionally higher. A joint poll from the Hobby School of Public Affairs from the University of Houston and Texas Southern University revealed the current governor has a seven point lead over O’Rourke, 42% to 49%. In a similar poll in July, Abbott was up five points.
So far, after what has been a heated campaign for both Abbott and O’Rourke, the two will come together to face off in a debate on Sept. 30 in South Texas. The two have clashed on many issues and the most recent being abortion.