The Big Conversation

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bob Ray Sanders is pushing back against one major tenet of the conventional wisdom surrounding the race for governor: Wendy Davis needs to maintain a healthy separation between her and President Barack Obama.

The columnist Sanders calls that "a huge mistake" that could lead to "her potential voters staying home in droves on Election Day." Sanders' main point is that Davis needs to focus more on invigorating the Democratic base in Texas. "Who better to help her do that than the president himself? Consider the largest counties in Texas and how they voted in the 2012 election, Obama versus Mitt Romney. All but one went for Obama."

He added, "In 2012, only about 63 percent of eligible African Americans, 42 percent of eligible Asian Americans and 39 percent of eligible Hispanics voted. In addition to getting those numbers up, Davis also will have to appeal to moderate Republicans, particularly women, who are not pleased with the sharp right turn their party leaders have taken. ... She also needs to stop avoiding the president as she did earlier this month when Obama was in Texas. Both were in Austin on the same day. If she doesn’t heed this advice, many of the president’s supporters may avoid her in November."

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“He does bully people. But I bully people, too. In the context of county government, you sometimes have to do that.”

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