A new White House sanctioned group is setting out to turn
Texas blue. The group is called Battleground Texas and it's made up of former
Obama Campaign aides.
Their goal is to use what they learned during the president's
campaigns to turn Texas into a battleground state that's more competitive for Democrats.
Battleground Texas says they are ready to get Lone Star
Democrats fired up.
"For years on the Obama campaign, the Texas volunteers have
been saying Texas can be a battleground state and now we're here to do that,"
says Jenn Brown, executive director of Battleground Texas.
welcome the movement but say the group isn't here to save them.
"It's not like in the old Western movies where the 7th
cavalry is riding in to rescue us. The work has got to be done by Democrats who
are here and are in place," says David Henderson, Smith County Democratic Party
Henderson says the party's work starts with getting people
to vote, "Democrats in the state of Texas are not outnumbered
60 to 40, we're simply out voted 60 to 40. A lot of the base of the Democratic Party
are people who are working people, who are poorly educated, who we've got to
get a message to to get out and vote."
Battleground Texas plans to do that through a grassroots
approach, including person to person contact with voters.
method JoAnn Fleming, executive director
of Grassroots America, says Republicans should pay attention to, "I think they do a better job on working on things to turn out the vote
sometimes than Republicans do and so I think Republicans as a whole have to get
back to the basics."
Still, she thinks the
group will have problems, "Texans are
very independent minded and do not like for somebody to come in here and tell
them how to run their business."
Battleground Texas says people are asking for this movement.
"The reason why we're doing this now is because
Texans have been wanting it," Brown says.
The group says they will start reaching out to
communities all over the state in March.
Texas has not voted for a Democrat on the
presidential ballot since 1976.
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