PHARR, Texas – George P. Bush says he can take former President Donald Trump’s America First policy and make it even more popular among Hispanics in South Texas. 

Trump did better than expected in South Texas in the 2020 presidential election, winning Zapata County and coming close to victory in Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr and Willacy counties. 

Bush, a Republican, is the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush. His mother, Columba Bush, was born in Mexico. George P. Bush is currently land commissioner ofTexas. He announced this week he is running for Texas attorney general next year. 

On Friday, George P. Bush visited Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s T. Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School in Pharr to discuss public education with the district’s leadership and student body representatives.

After his remarks, Bush took questions from reporters. The Ron Whitlock Reports’ question was: “The Republican Party at the national level has said the two congressional districts in the Rio Grande Valley – District 15 and District 34 – are prime targets as they try to win back control of the U.S. House of Representatives. In light of the presidential election results in the Valley last November, have you witnessed a growing enthusiasm among Hispanics in this region for the GOP brand and what does the party have to do to make itself even more appealing to Mexican-Americans in this part of the state?” 

Bush responded: “Redistricting will come to us in September. Texas will get two additional seats. A lot of the growth has occurred in the Rio Grande Valley and Central Texas. President Trump carried Zapata County. He almost carried Hidalgo County. This was an historically high watermark for a Republican presidential candidate. Now it is up to people like me to help carry on that message, that legacy. I am excited to be a candidate for attorney general, where I am going to carry on the America First policies of President Trump but convey them in a message that continues to build momentum in the Hispanic community; because we have seen an attraction to that policy, that as Republicans we cannot let go. I have a better track record of doing that than my opponent in this race.” 

In his remarks from the podium, Bush praised PSJA for its efforts to educate and look after students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Texas is the place where you can got and achieve your dreams as you see fit,” Bush said. “I am proud and privileged to be her at one of Texas’ best education facilities.”

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows George P. Bush speaking at the PSJA ISD T. Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School in Pharr, Texas. (Photo: RWR/Ron Whitlock)

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