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This week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Democratic challenger Mike Collier clashed over a brand new political advert

AUSTIN, Texas — With only one week left of early voting, the race to be the State’s second-in-command is heating up.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) launched a brand new political advert making claims about Democrat Mike Collier, and Collier’s group responded by sending out a stop and desist order, saying the advert is all lies. The lieutenant governor wasn’t out there for an interview, however Collier sat down with KVUE’s Managing Editor of Political Content material, Ashley Goudeau, to debate the advert, his marketing campaign and his imaginative and prescient for Texas.

Ashley Goudeau: We’re a bit greater than per week away from Election Day. How assured are you about your probabilities of profitable, particularly given the truth that latest polling reveals Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick forward?  

Mike Collier: “I believe we’ve got a really, excellent probability of profitable. Sure, I’ve work to do, however I’ve a number of completely good days. There are numerous Texans which might be making a remaining choice. We’re working very exhausting to speak with these Texans who I’m, what I stand for, why they need to vote for me. And we’re very happy with the progress that we’re making. I believe we are able to win.”  

Ashley Goudeau: The massive discuss this week was the conflict between you and Patrick over his newest advert, which made a number of uncited claims about you and your coverage stances. What would you like folks to find out about that advert?  

Mike Collier: “To begin with, we want secure and safe borders. We’ve chaos below Dan Patrick. We’d like decrease property taxes. However they’ve exploded below Dan Patrick. I am towards vouchers as a result of vouchers will trigger property taxes to go up and de-fund public schooling, together with charters. I do not know what he is speaking about, nevertheless it bears no resemblance to actuality. It is simply lower lower of complete fabric. And I wished to make it possible for Texans knew that he was mendacity. And I wish to say yet one more factor to any politician in Austin, Democrat or Republican — for those who deceive voters, I am coming after you.”  

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Ashley Goudeau: Do you are feeling, although, that there was any legitimacy in any of the issues that he mentioned in that advert? So by way of taxes, proper. As a result of we’re speaking he is speaking in regards to the enterprise tax or local weather issues of that nature. You are feeling like the complete advert is a lie.  

Mike Collier: “I noticed nothing in there that was truthful. In my 61 years in Texas, I’ve by no means seen such a completely dishonest advert, and I felt like I wanted to name him out.”  

Ashley Goudeau: He says that you’re consistent with, , President Joe Biden. He makes use of a clip, and he despatched us a rebuttal video, he makes use of a clip the place you are speaking about there’s not a lot daylight between you and the President’s coverage stances.  

Mike Collier: “Properly, I am working for lieutenant governor. I am not working for president. Biden is just not working for lieutenant governor. I believe Dan Patrick is working for lieutenant governor. I am not likely certain what he is working for. I do not suppose that issues in any respect. What issues is we want a secure and safe border. We have to cut back property taxes. We have to correctly fund public schooling and never have vouchers and do many different issues which might be state targeted. And that is the place I’m.”

Ashley Goudeau: You have earned the endorsements of numerous outstanding, although retiring or retired, Republicans. And also you your self speak about being a former Republican.  

Mike Collier: “Proper.”  

Ashley Goudeau: How can Democrats make sure that you’re going to signify their greatest pursuits in case you are elected?  

Mike Collier: “Properly, they’ve had each alternative to inform me I secured the nomination with out a lot issue. I’ve been very honored…”

Ashley Goudeau: With out a lot issue nevertheless it did go to a run off.  

Mike Collier: “Properly, however I had a large margin in every of these races. I believe primaries are good. I did my job to make it possible for folks know who I’m and what I stand for. I have not modulated that one bit. The truth that I am constructing a coalition not solely throughout the state however throughout the aisle is definitely very engaging to Democrats. They inform me that on a regular basis. I am extremely assured that they’ll proceed to help me as a result of guess what? That is what Texans need. Texans are so uninterested in hyper partisan politics. It is one of many causes Ashley why I am working. And I sense within the Democratic Occasion there’s a terrific supply of pleasure that they’ve a candidate who’s working throughout the aisle, even within the context of a marketing campaign, it means we’re going to have the ability to get this stuff accomplished.”

Ashley Goudeau: There are numerous points dealing with Texans proper now. What do you suppose is the first — what’s going to you be laser targeted on in case you are elected lieutenant governor?  

Mike Collier: “This set off regulation, on account of the Dobbs choice, on account of Roe v Wade being overturned, should be addressed instantly. Ladies will die. Lives can be shattered if we do not change that regulation, which, by the best way, Dan Patrick compelled that regulation on a reluctant Senate. This is among the explanation why he has to go. That is so necessary. And we’ve got to repair the rattling grid. And this discuss of getting mounted it — nonsense. The one factor Dan Patrick has accomplished is taken considered one of his giant marketing campaign donors and put them proper there on the ERCOT board. So these are a number of the points. There’s loads of different points. All of them appear very pressing to me, transportation, water. However I am additionally, as everyone knows, very targeted on public schooling, as mentioned, the truth that 65 or 70% of our lecturers are considering that they are within the fallacious discipline is an absolute catastrophe ready to occur. After which, after all, right here in Austin, property taxes are exploding. And guess what? Austinites do not get something for that cash. Their property taxes go up, they get nothing for it. It is it is it is nearly prison. And these are the issues that have to be addressed.”  

Ashley Goudeau: I wish to discuss to you about a number of the belongings you mentioned, notably if you discuss in regards to the Dobbs choice, the set off regulation, you might have had Republican management now say maybe we must always come again within the subsequent legislative session and at the least enable an exception for rape and incest, these circumstances, I am certain I do know the place you stand, however we’ve got to ask — must go a step additional you suppose?  

Mike Collier: “Properly, I believe so. I believe that we must always codify the protections which might be afforded below Roe v Wade. I believe they’re wise. I believe we have lived in in concord, affordable concord below that body for the higher a part of half a century. So, sure, I believe we must always codify Roe v Wade. And by the best way, you hear Republicans say, properly, we went too far. What issues is Dan Patrick. And Dan Patrick is the creator of that set off invoice. He’s the one who did this to girls. And so if he is elected lieutenant governor, nothing will change.” 

Ashley Goudeau: If you’re elected, however the Home stays Republican and the Home solely passes laws to permit these cases, exceptions below rape and incest, would you’re employed to at the least get that handed?  

Mike Collier: “Oh, yeah. I imply, I believe there are a number of components to the work that we’ve got to do. If we break them into part elements, I believe that is the fitting factor to do as a result of we’ve got to guard the lives of Texas girls. So we’ve got to maneuver shortly. And the place we agree, we should act instantly. There will be locations the place we do not agree. That is that is democracy. So we’ll have that dialog. And that is when actual ethical management makes a distinction. And that is what I intend to do. But when we’ve got to interrupt it into its elements to avoid wasting lives, that is what we should do.”

Ashley Goudeau: Let’s discuss a bit bit in regards to the border, particularly since that is one thing that you simply and the present lieutenant governor are clashing over. We simply noticed earlier this week the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker, authorizing extra money for Operation Lone Star. Is that this a great use of our greenbacks? And what would you prefer to see them on the border?  

Mike Collier: “We will need to have a secure and safe border. I am dissatisfied the federal authorities is not doing its job. If we’ve got to step in to get the job accomplished, that is the suitable factor to do. What I, the place I take subject with Dan Patrick, notably, is we’re spending all this cash, however do we’ve got a plan? Do we’ve got milestones? I imply, I am going to the border and I discuss to elected officers, I discuss to regulation enforcement, I discuss to group leaders, and I ask them, what is the state doing to unravel this drawback? And no person appears to know. Within the enterprise world, in case you have that occuring, you hearth the folks in cost. What we want is to have we have to discover the issue. Then we have to outline the answer. And if milestones after which deploy the property and the assets to get that job accomplished and preserve stakeholders knowledgeable. Inform voters what you are doing, what’s working, what’s not working. There is not any transparency as to the place that cash’s going. There is not any accountability. All we all know is that it’s not working by their very own telling.”  

Ashley Goudeau: I would like you to present our viewers just a few remaining ideas on why they need to elect you this November.  

Mike Collier: “Properly, thanks. I am going to inform you, as I journey across the state and ask Texans, do you suppose we’re higher off now than we have been after 4 years or eight years of Dan Patrick? I imply, the reply isn’t any. We’ve a rickety grid that does not work. Property taxes which might be exploding. Academics which might be enthusiastic about altering their careers, retired lecturers that may’t afford to stay and the issues that they’ve accomplished with them. The state of affairs with Roe v Wade and the actual worry that ladies have within the state, they’re afraid to get pregnant. They’re afraid to remain. I imply, these these are outrageous issues which might be taking place. And we want change. And all people is aware of that we want change. Dan Patrick must be fired. After which we have to rent any individual as lieutenant governor who’s going to carry us collectively, work not solely in throughout the state, however throughout the aisle to unravel these issues, truthfully. It is what I do within the enterprise world. It is what I hope to do for the good state that I really like. That is the message to voters. And so they responding so properly to it.”

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