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Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro is stressing the necessity for security within the commonwealth and insists abortion will play an element within the state’s upcoming midterm election.
Speaking to Fox News Digital in an interview on Wednesday, Shapiro, the present legal professional common in Pennsylvania, outlined the motives behind his marketing campaign and stated that his travels all through the state have taught him that voters are involved about security, the financial system and their kid’s schooling.
“I travel all across Pennsylvania, rural, urban, suburban districts,” Shapiro stated. “I hear about folks wanting to make sure their kids get a good quality education, their communities are safe, that we can actually grow our economy and cut costs, and that we can protect our fundamental freedoms, whether it’s the right to vote or the right to be able to make decisions over your own body.”
In response to statistics from Pennsylvania’s Uniform Crime Reporting System that exposed homicide and non-negligent murder elevated almost 38% in Pennsylvania from 2017 to 2021, Shapiro stated that if he’s elected he’ll rent hundreds of law enforcement officials to safeguard communities within the state as a result of a variety of areas within the state “don’t have adequate policing.”
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“First and foremost, the good people of Pennsylvania have a right to both be safe in their communities and also to feel safe in their communities,” Shapiro stated. “We have a number of ways we’re going to do that. First, as governor, I am going to hire more than 2,000 police officers for the Commonwealth. We have too many areas that don’t have adequate policing,” he stated.
“Look, law enforcement trusts me to get the job done,” he asserted.
“We also have to acknowledge that in order to address some of this violence, you got to make underlying investments in things like mental health and poverty, create more jobs and invest in our infrastructure,” he added. “Those are things that are also going to help us mitigate some of these safety issues. But the bottom line here is we need to make sure that we have adequate law enforcement in our communities.”
Regarding abortion and what function it’ll play as voters start filling out their ballots for the November common election, Shapiro stated he thinks “it’s on people’s minds” and can finally sway folks to vote for him over his Republican opponent, Doug Mastriano.
“I can tell you it’s on people’s minds, Republicans and Democrats,” he stated, and claimed that GOP ladies have hosted an occasion for him due to his pro-choice positions.
“A group of Republican women hosted it for me [and] told me they’d never voted for a Democrat before. But because of the Dobbs decision, because of the fact that they felt the Supreme Court took away a right and that my opponent is just so dangerous and extreme on this issue — I mean, by far the most extreme in the nation, leaves no room for exceptions — they felt that it was time to cross party lines and support me.”
Shapiro was additionally requested whether or not he agreed with current rhetoric from President Biden that claimed “MAGA Republicans” are a risk to America’s democracy and insisted it isn’t his “approach” to dealing with issues and affirmed that he has “no patience” for individuals who query the legitimacy of elections.
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“I think it’s important that we treat all Pennsylvanians with respect, all Americans with respect,” he stated. “I recognize that in a commonwealth of 13 million people, not everybody’s going to vote for me. I may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but the bottom line is, it’s my responsibility now as attorney general, and God willing as the next governor, to represent all 13 million people, to treat folks with respect, to bring people together, to recognize that there may be an issue we have profound disagreement on, but then there may be another issue where we can find some common ground and work together.”
Pressed on whether or not he believed Biden’s remarks had been divisive, Shapiro acknowledged, “It’s just not my approach.”
Shapiro, who has obtained quite a few endorsements from distinguished Republican leaders all through the state, stated he’s centered on “trying to bring everybody in to try and see where we can find some common ground to try and protect our freedoms and protect our democracy” and claimed he has “no patience for folks who would, you know, lie about our democracy, who try and compromise our freedom, who don’t understand, of course, that we did have a free and fair, safe and secure election the last time.”
Briefly discussing the disaster alongside the southern border, which is repeatedly pressured with a continuing movement of migrants making an attempt to enter the nation, Shapiro provided his tackle the choice by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to fly unlawful migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts — a transfer he steered might be illegal.
“I think as governor, it’s my responsibility to obviously follow the law,” he stated. “It’s not clear to me that Governor DeSantis is doing that.”
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“It’s clear that the federal government needs to get its act together and have comprehensive immigration reform,” Shapiro added. “Respectfully, this has been an issue through Republican and Democratic administrations. I think there’s bipartisan blame to go around. Washington, D.C. needs to get its act together and do something about this issue.”
Shapiro will go head-to-head with Mastriano within the state’s Nov. 8 gubernatorial election. The campaigns haven’t agreed to any debates forward of election day.