Hello, RGW. The only thing better than being in the Rio Grande Valley is being in the Rio Grande Valley with my wonderful wife, Cecilla. Thank you for being a fabulous First Lady for our great state. She was such a loving mother and wife. She was a role model by being a wonderful teacher and principal. But I’m proud like you that my wife made Texas history when she became the first Hispanic first lady in the history of our great state. Thank you Cecilia Abbott.
Well, it’s great to have you join us at this Hispanic Leadership Summit. I am proud of all the Hispanic leaders who are part of his summit today, some of whom are from here in the RGV. Others come from all over the state of Texas. But who are all doing a fabulous job of spreading the message that at the heart of Hispanics, they are truly Republicans. And together they will keep Texas red.
Now I’m so back in the Rio Grande Valley because I care about this area so much. In fact, I’ve been to the Rio Grande Valley more than any other governor in Texas history. But I do more than just visit the Rio Grande Valley. I deliver for the people of the Rio Grande Valley.
Some examples. Before I was governor, the Rio Grande Valley didn’t have a level one trauma center. This meant that people who suffered traumatic injuries may have to travel all the way to San Antonio, Corpus Christi or another location for treatment. It was unacceptable. And so I promised South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley would have a level one trauma center and now the Rio Grande Valley has one right here in Hidalgo County.
I promised more higher education opportunities and now the Rio Grande Valley has the Texas A&M Higher Education Center right here in McAllen, Texas.
I promised more roads and we have provided over $2 billion in road funding for the RGV since I have been your governor.
To ensure that you will have all the electricity you need to meet the demands of a growing population as well as a growing economy, I am supporting a billion dollar power line at RGV.
I also promised more jobs. And get this. Last month, more people in Hidalgo County had jobs than ever before in Texas history.
The thing is, the Rio Grande Valley really is full of promise. It is the promise of opportunity, prosperity and hope. The opportunity to have better jobs. The opportunity for a better education. The opportunity for a better quality of life.
It is the prosperity that is not reserved for the few. It goes to every person in the entire state of Texas and in every region. And hope. The hope that each generation will have a better future.
It’s a promise that’s not just found in the Rio Grande Valley, but in every community across our state. Together, all of us, have put Texas on a remarkable path to a brighter future. A Texas where working families can do more than just fend for themselves. They can thrive on the opportunities of the 9th largest economy in the world. A Texas where students don’t just graduate, they graduate with the preparation and inspiration to enter college or launch a career. A Texas where every parent can rest easy knowing their family is safe in their community. And a Texas where we protect our constitutional rights and your individual freedoms.
This is the Texas we’ve worked so hard to create. But, we have to fight for it to be so. Because some want a completely different Texas. Where we cut taxes, they would raise them. Where we created jobs, they would destroy them. Where we supported our law enforcement officers, they would take them out of funding. Where we have protected your constitutional rights, they are threatening to take them away. And if we promoted Texas exceptionalism, they engaged in fearmongering.
We can’t let big liberal governments redesign our state with a progressive agenda that destroys parts of America. We need a proven winner who will fight to secure the future of Texas.
That’s why today I’m in the Rio Grande Valley. To officially announce my reelection to become your governor of the great state of Texas.
Editor’s Note: The comment above focuses on the Rio Grande Valley portion of Governor Greg Abbott’s remarks during his reelection campaign kickoff held Saturday in McAllen, Texas. . To watch the full broadcast, click here.
Editor’s note: The lead image accompanying the comment above shows Governor Greg Abbott signing autographs as he kicks off his re-election campaign in McAllen, Texas on January 8, 2022.
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