LUBBOCK, Texas — Gubernatorial Candidate Beto O’Rourke scheduled a campaign stop in Lubbock Tuesday morning. O’Rourke came to the Frazier Pavilion on the campus of Texas Tech University.

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“This country spares no expense to send you off to war in harm’s way, to risk losing your life and sometimes ask you to take the lives of others,” O’Rourke said. “Though, we’re the 9th largest economy on the planet today, this evening there will be veterans sleeping on the side of the road, on park benches [and] underneath bridges in this great state.”

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“I propose that we spare no expense,” he said, “that we bear any burden necessary to make sure that not only does every veteran have a roof over their head, but they’re connected to the care that very often means saving their lives.”

“The most extreme abortion ban in America went into effect [in Texas],” O’Rourke also said. “It begins at conception. There is no exception for rape. There is no exception for incest. It is taking place at the epicenter of a maternal mortality crisis that is three times as deadly for Black women in the State of Texas.”

O’Rourke said shutting down abortion clinics also shuts down access to cervical cancer screenings.

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O’Rourke also harshly criticized his opponent, current Governor Greg Abbott for not supporting a ban on persons under the age of 21 purchasing certain kinds of firearms in the aftermath of the school shooting in Uvalde.

O’Rourke said there is general agreement that legislation can protect the Second Amendment while making it less likely that schools would be targeted for mass shootings.

He was also highly critical of Abbott for the ERCOT power grid failure in February 2021. He said ERCOT should be connected to the rest of the nation’s power grid and not run separately from the rest of the United States.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The first day of early voting is Monday, October 24 and the last day is Friday, November 4.