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Parties Hold Political Rallies In East Texas

East Texas was the site of big rallies for the Democratic and Rrepublican parties.   Several hundred people jammed into Maude Cobb Activity Center for the 2006 East Texas Democratic Rally.  It was a festive atmosphere, where voters got to meet the candidates for various local and state offices.

A dozen candidates for upcoming races addressed the crowd, including Chris Bell the Democratic nominee for governor. Their message to voters was one of change.  "I don't think there's any question it's a time for change when you look at the fact that we're in last place in a number of categories from education to health care  the environment.  The only way to move forward is new leadership," said Bell.

In the meantime, the Republican party held its rally earlier in the day at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center.   The event drew more than 300 supporters, and was a "who's-who" of Republicans running for office.

The event featured speeches from Attorney General Gregg Abbott and Governor Rick Perry. They focused on the top issues that Republicans are addressing for November, including homeland security.

"There's some big issues out there important to the people of our state.  Border security is probably at the top of that list.  They're already proved to us five years ago that they would come into America and they would try to destroy us and we've got to stop them so that's what this election's all about," said Perry.   

 Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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