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Abbott, O'Rourke clash over gun control, migrant busing and more in debate

By Amanda Caroline  •  October 02, 2022  •  26

The debate centered on Uvalde and other big issues in the state.

ByAbby CruzOlivia Osteen, and Alexandra Hutzler
October 1, 2022, 11:04 PM
 
 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke faced off in a debate on Friday less than six weeks before Election Day.

The debate -- the first and only planned debate for the gubernatorial race -- took place at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburgh, where Abbott and O'Rourke sat at tables with no audience as they clashed over some of the biggest issues facing the state.

The two candidates sparred over immigration, abortion and gun control, with the Uvalde school shooting being one of the hottest topics of the debate.

Nineteen children and two adults were killed at Robb Elementary School on May 24 in what is the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

O'Rourke held a press conference with Uvalde families affected by the shooting before the debate, speaking about the need for gun reform. O'Rourke also alleged that Abbott banned the families and others from attending the debate, to which Abbott's team responded that both candidates had agreed to the rules of the debate.