Election 2016

Texas Delegates Share Views On GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

Members of the Texas delegation speak about their views on the upcoming presidential election and on Texas’ role in the Republican Party going forward.

News 88.7 politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider has been at the Republican National Convention talking to members of the Texas delegation.

They spoke about their views on the upcoming presidential election and on Texas' role in the Republican Party going forward.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

With Donald Trump accepting the GOP's nomination Thursday night, we now get to hear the delegates thoughts on their candidate in this audio postcard.

Interview Highlights:

Johnny Lopez, delegate from Irving

"I started off being a [Sen. Ted] Cruz supporter, Texas favorite son, but the fact of the matter is that there's only two people in the race now, and it's Trump all the way for me."

Chuck Meyer, at-large Texas delegate, lives in The Woodlands

"We're a very red state. Our entire leadership, all the positions in the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the state legislature are majority Republican [NOTE: There is one elected Democratic state judge, Judge Lawrence E. Meyers of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, who was elected four times as a Republican before switching parties in 2013]. And we deliver 38 electoral votes when it comes to the fall. That's a pretty sizable chunk of electoral votes. You don't win the White House...if you're a Republican if you don't win Texas."

Reginald Grant, delegate from Texas Congressional District 2, lives in Huffman

"The world is looking at us and seeing what we're going to do this election cycle. They’re counting on us to make the right decision, which I'm sure most of the world would agree would be Donald Trump, because we've alienated our friends and our allies all around the world, and so they’re looking to know that we have their backs."

Soraya Zamora, delegate from Texas Congressional District 15

"I'm originally from Venezuela. I'm a naturalized U.S. citizen, very proud to be an American citizen. When I see people that choose to stay home [on Election Day], because [Trump] is not conservative enough, it really irks me, because it's not about the man. It's about the country and what is at stake. Whomever wins the presidency will have to choose Supreme Court justices. These are positions that will probably be for 20, 30, 40 years."

Mike Goldman, at-large Texas delegate, lives in Austin

"One thing I've seen traveling around the country is that other states frequently look to Texas to develop policy and to measure their approach to resisting what we see as federal overreach. And so I think Texas will continue to have an important role going forward. And the fact that Texas was...the largest state that was not very friendly to Donald Trump, that's going to be important too."

Morgan Graham, Republican County Chair, Cameron County (Hispanic population of county exceeds 90 percent)

"Texas will always be Texas. We'll never be brought to our knees by any state and by any party, even if it's our own...We have Governor Greg Abbott, we have our state [GOP] chairman, Tom Mechler – they are actually thinking into other things, something that the national party has overlooked, which is investing [in] and recognizing the Hispanic conservative populace...As far as Texas politics is concerned, we're going to be fine. It's just a matter of whether or not other people are willing to work with us and use the asset that we are."

Julie Faubel, at-large alternate Texas delegate, lives in Montgomery

"We are a red state, and the Republican National Committee is counting on us to remain red. The RNC last year gave us money to fund field operations, and it's vital, because if Texas turns blue, there goes the Republican Party in Texas, as well as the national Republican Party."

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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