ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. senate, rolled into downtown Abilene for a chance to speak and listen to the residents of the “Key City”.
Nearly 700 people came out to the Paramount Theatre to listen to several local and state Democratic candidates, including O’Rourke, who shared his thoughts on several matters including universal health care, public education, agriculture and more.
The El Paso native emphasized a restoration of U.S. democracy.
“Two hundred fourty-two years into audacious experiment that we can freely choose our own representatives and the course that this country will take, ” O’Rourke said.
Listeners whooped for several of O’Rourke’s positions on issues, including priorities for public educators.
“Instead of worrying about packing heat, instead of worrying about high pressure, high stakes standardized tests, I want you to worry about connecting with that kid,” O’Rourke said. “I want to earn a living wage.”
The candidate’s stance on health care appealed to long-time Abilene resident, Mike Ricker.
“I just wanted to come out,” Ricker said. “I haven’t made up my mind yet who I’m going to vote for, but I wanted to hear him and get a little bit more of him in person.”
A self-proclaimed Independent, Ricker said he has been pleased with O’Rourke’s effort.
“In his ability to travel the state and visit 254 counties that part has been impressive,: Ricker said.