The candidate said he wants to correct the “extremist policy” of the Republican leadership of the state.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke has put forward his candidacy for governor of Texas, attacking the current governor Greg Abbott, whose policy he called ultraconservative and rhetoric – anti-immigrant.

The last time a Democrat served as governor in Texas was in 1995.

In a video message dedicated to his candidacy, O’Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso and a presidential candidate in the 2020 elections, presented his campaign as a correction of the “extremist policy” of the Republican leadership of the state, including Abbott, under which there was a sharp turn to the right in Texas.

“I want to do everything so that we leave behind the insignificance and disunity of Greg Abbott,” he said in a telephone interview with the New York Times, which he gave on the way from his home in El Paso to the first election event