AUSTIN - Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and daughter of former Democratic Texas Gov. Ann Richards, said Hillary Clinton could carry Texas in the 2016 presidential contest.
If that were to happen, it would be the first statewide win for a Democrat in Texas in more than 20 years, and only the second since Gov. Richards left office. A recent Washington Post/SurveyMonkey poll shows Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump by a single percentage point. Though at odds with previous polling and well within the survey's margin of error, Richards called the results "interesting."
"My mom won here, so we could do anything," Richards said of Clinton's chances.
Speaking to reporters after firing up Clinton campaign volunteers Friday in Austin, Richards called Clinton "the most qualified" candidate. "And yet, I feel like there is this expectation that somehow she's got to be even more than that," added Richards, who called Trump "temperamentally unfit" for the presidency.
Richards was introduced by state Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin), who has been a leading supporter of Clinton's among Austin Democrats.
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