Victoria County Republican and Democratic Party chairs on gubernatorial debate

Both party chairs say they think tonight's debate was beneficial for voters.

VICTORIA, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke faced off Friday night in their only face-to-face debate in the Texas Governor’s race. In Friday night’s debate, Governor Abbott and O’Rourke were asked about immigration, gun control, abortion, police, the Texas energy grid, and education.

Victoria County Republican Chairman Bill Pozzi and Victoria County Democratic Chairman Woodrow Wilson Wagner came to the Victoria Television Group to watch the debate live and weigh in on the debate. Both party chairs say they think tonight’s debate was beneficial for voters.

“Both candidates did an excellent job. I mean Beto’s really snappy and the Governor is a little more measured but he’s been there a long time and he kind of has the up-tempo of what’s going on in Austin to work with. I think this would answer questions for people who are kind of sitting on the fence one way or the other what they think and how is it going to affect the eighth of November,” says Victoria County Republican Chairman Bill Pozzi.

“I think I agree with Bill. I think both candidates represented themselves well but Beto’s behind, and he’s behind by a lot, and he really needed a moment, he needed kind of a knockout punch of sorts and I frankly don’t think he got that. I don’t think there was a big catch your breath kind of moment in this, which I think is what he needs to change the trajectory of this race,” says Victoria County Democratic Chairman Woodrow Wilson Wagner.

The debate lasted just under an hour and was hosted at the University of Texas Rio Grand Valley.

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