Greg Abbott said Wednesday that his state’s GOP leaders have been working hard to build a new, united GOP after a wave of red-state Democrats swept elections across the country.
Abbott, who was reelected last year by about 20 points, credited the Texas GOP for putting together a plan to address the opioid epidemic that led to more than 300,000 deaths last year.
Abbott said the new plan is based on the blue wave of 2018, which included President Donald Trump’s win.
“We’re here to show leadership on issues like education, jobs, the economy, and health care,” Abbott said.
“So, we’re going to do what’s necessary and work to make sure we’re in a position to have the opportunity to have that blue wave come back.”
In an interview with CNN, Abbott said he’s confident that the GOP’s new blue wave will help to elect Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.
The plan includes hiring more state lawmakers and reducing spending on the state government, and the state’s health system will be revamped, Abbott added.
The new plan will focus on expanding the Medicaid health insurance program for low-income Texans, which was expanded under Trump, Abbott noted.
The state GOP said in a statement that the plan will help ensure Texas remains “the healthiest state in the country.”
The plan will also include funding for new state roads, bridges and schools, the statement said.
The Republican Party of Texas issued a statement saying it is pleased to see the governor’s leadership on health care, education, and infrastructure.
“Our goal is to ensure that every Texan has access to affordable, quality health care and the education and job training that will ensure a healthy, stable and prosperous future,” the statement read.