Texas Democrats Pledge ‘Openness’ But Face Divides
DALLAS (AP) – Thousands of delegates at the Texas Democratic Convention have promised to produce a party platform far more-inclusive than the state GOP.
But more-openness can also mean defying traditional Democratic values, or taking positions that alienate some voters.
Democratic gun-owners said during Friday’s gathering in Dallas that they want to better-defend the Second Amendment, while those opposing abortion say their voices should be heard.
The party also has previously opposed the death penalty – something not popular with many Texans.
This year’s final platform won’t be approved until Saturday. Still, despite disagreements, it’ll differ from Texas Republicans, whose platform included a hard-line immigration stance and endorsed therapy to turn gay people straight.
Gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis also fired up the party women’s caucus, and has a floor speech Friday night.
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