In a wide-ranging interview, Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott is expected to unveil his 2016 campaign platform on Tuesday, a move that could prove vital to his party’s chances in November.
The governor has said he’s willing to spend $1 billion to win the November election, but many Republicans are pushing him to take more risks, such as a full-blown attack on Trump.
Abbott, a longtime Republican who once ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010, said in a brief interview that he was open to taking on Trump and has said that his top priority should be to “clean up the state and get it back to where it should be.”
His interview with Politico comes a week after the state’s Republican-led legislature approved a bill that will help the state defend itself from future attacks.
The bill, dubbed the Texas Sovereignty Restoration Act, also creates a commission to assess the state before it’s up for re-election in 2019.
“I’m a believer in our country, in our Constitution and in the power of the people to make this country better,” Abbott said.
“But it’s not easy to win.
It’s a great challenge.
We’ve got to work as hard as we can to make sure that our party has a strong platform, a strong campaign and an aggressive, aggressive message.”
A spokesman for Abbott’s campaign said the governor would not comment on the specific proposal, which is expected by the end of the week.
The Republican governor is expected, in addition to the platform proposal, to launch a political action committee, according to a spokesman for the Texas Senate Democratic leader, Sen. John Whitmire.
The Texas GOP has been at odds with Trump since the Republican president’s inauguration, when the party’s platform, which included an aggressive tone toward the president, sparked an uproar among Democrats.
The platform, crafted by former Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold and Texas Rep, Tom Price, included a pledge to defend Trump from the “imperative” of “any hostile foreign government.”
The platform was seen as a step toward a conservative, anti-Trump, and more socially conservative agenda.
But as Trump continues to make inroads in the U and in Texas, the GOP is looking for more aggressive, more controversial stances on issues like immigration and national security.
Trump has already called for a border wall, as well as a “major investigation” into voter fraud, and has called for the death penalty for rapists and the end to immigration from certain nations.
“There is no way that we can say that we’ve gotten to the point where we don’t have to address the threats that we face,” said Rep. Dan Patrick, a Republican from Texas, a state that has seen the most homicides of any U.N. Security Council member since Trump’s election.
“And we’re going to get to the tipping point and we’re not going to be able to keep going as a state.”