AUSTIN -- Accompanied by cheering supporters, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Wendy Davis brought the heat to bear her Republican opponents.
"This week in my hometown of Fort Worth, the Abbott-Patrick ticket is appearing onstage at the GOP convention to highlight their shared values of alienating Latinas and women and abandoning their commitment to public education," Davis told the crowd steaming beneath fans inside the Rattle Inn bar's covered patio on West 6th Street.
Since Tea party firebrand and state Sen. Dan Patrick's victory in the GOP lieutenant governor runoff, Davis has sought to tie him closely to party standard bearer and nominee for governor, Greg Abbott.
"I think what we see with them are people who are going to represent an ideology above people," Davis told KVUE. "People who are going to represent a few folks on the inside, but not the everyday, hardworking Texans that demand and deserve a voice that's going to reflect and represent them."
"It is an honor to speak to the largest Republican convention anywhere in the United States of America," Abbott told thousands of Republican faithful gathered inside the Fort Worth Convention Center for the 2014 Republican State Convention. For his part, Abbott sought to tie his opponent to the president.
"We love this state too much to let the next four years in Texas look like the last six years under Barack Obama," Abbott said to loud applause. After accusing the Davis campaign of being financed by "liberal elites," Abbott charged, "The president showed disdain for Texas values when he was at a San Fransisco cocktail party and he belittled Americans who cling to guns and God. Well my opponent shares Barack Obama's mindset."
Abbott also laid out a set of campaign promises dubbed a "bicentennial blueprint," which can be viewed on his website.
"My blueprint limits the size of government. It stimulates the private sector to create more jobs, and it lets you keep more of your hard-earned money," said Abbott.
Meanwhile Davis' campaign couldn't help poking fun at Republicans gathered in the Fort Worth Democrat's district through a video released online this week. Davis herself suggested her opponents will be well taken care of.
"The Omni hotel, where many of them are staying, is one of my proudest accomplishments as the economic development chair in the city of Fort Worth," Davis told KVUE.
On yet another day pushing the mercury over 90 degrees in Texas, the political heat is rising as well.