Governor candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke made his way to Corpus Christi on Nov. 18 as part of his grassroots campaign for a meet-and-greet with supporters. 

While he only spoke for a brief time, Beto shook hands with those who came out to support him at the La Playa restaurant downtown. However, he was also faced with several protesters outside the venue who are against the Democrat’s campaign for governor. 

Some of the 100 or more supporters waited for over an hour to shake his hand and expressed how pleased they are with his opposition to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. 

“We need a change in the Democratic Party and I believe Beto is that change. This is a Democratic revolution and people need to vote,” said Cinia Clarich-Montoya of Corpus Christi. 

Beto told the crowd the future of Texas jobs is in Corpus Christi because of the oil and gas industry and the Port of Corpus Christi. 

“Oil and gas are so critically important and we want to protect those jobs but we also have a growing renewable energy industry here at the port which is powered by renewable energy. With these two sources of power, they are going to create the jobs that we need to have in this state,” Beto said. 

He also re-iterated his anti-gun stance as well as his support for expanding Medicare, teacher pay increase and funding the arts programs in public schools. 

About a dozen protesters outside the venue held signs and yelled chants through megaphones, which caused Beto’s campaign team to block the clear screen where protesters were seen through. 

2 thoughts on “Candidate Beto calls for change

  • February 13, 2022 at 10:05 pm
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    I enjoyed this piece about Beto O’Rourke because I feel like the political climate of South Texas leans more to one side as opposed to the other so it was refreshing to hear an opinion of someone who is in support of Beto and believes he can be the change that we need our government. Thank you for giving a short but informative synopsis of Beto’s speech.

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  • February 12, 2022 at 8:57 pm
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    Nichaela, thank you for including Beto’s ideal plans for our future. It pleases me to know that with the little time he had to meet with people, he still made an impact with his appearance and voice. I also enjoyed learning that even with protesters’ disapproval of him, his followers remained unfazed and continued their support.

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