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Voter ID, Davis' Closing Gambit and the Texas Politics of Ebola

Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaking in Phoenix, Arizona.

The month before Election Day is always filled with a wealth of rhetoric as politicians plead their case before the polls open.

This October has been no exception; the sheer influx of information this week alone can be daunting. So Texas Standard's David Brown sat down with Austin American-Statesman chief political correspondent Jonathan Tilove to sort through the run-up to early voting.

On the Ebola Scare's Political Effect:

"Anything that takes away from attention of the election is bad for [Wendy] Davis at this point," Tilove says. "The whole issue is very bad for Democrats, I think, because it continues on the sense that the Obama administration hasn’t been good at protecting the country – whether it’s the border, ISIS, or now Ebola."

On Wendy Davis’ Controversial "Wheelchair" Ad:

"There were criticisms – I think ultimately people said, 'Well she has a point in the arguments she's making in the rest of the ad.' … I think the point there was that she needed to grab people, and even facing a barrage of criticism was better than being ignored."

On Texas' Uncertain Voter ID Laws:

“You had the law, then you had the judge in Corpus saying this is a poll tax and we can’t let this stand. Then you had the 5th Circuit [Court] saying you gotta let it stand, you can’t be disrupting an election by changing the rules at the last minute. … I guess it's up to the Supreme Court now, with obviously Gregg Abbott saying leave it alone. Early voting starts Monday … right now you would [need an ID]."

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