Republican Candidates for President descend on Houston for last debate before Super Tuesday

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HOUSTON, Tx. - The Republicans descended upon H-Town! And their reception here at the University of Houston was mostly warm.

“I’m delighted the debate is here in Texas, I appreciate the RNC and Chairman Priebus being so kind as to enable us to have one here. In Texas, we are the strongest Republican state by far,” shared Tom Mechler, State Chairman with the Republican Party of Texas.

Outside M.D. Anderson Library, students gathered for their chance to participate in all the coverage.  “It’s good to see that there are people here that are thinking deeply about the issues that are going to impact us, and our children. It’s important to have those debates, and have those discussions here on U of H campus. I’m happy to be a Coug, and I’m happy to be here,” explained student James Thornock.

Traveling from the Galveston area, Toni Randall was excited to be part of the event, and to have all eyes on Houston. “That energizes people to get involved, every time a candidate goes to a certain city, that energizes that particular city,” shared Randall.

But as they usually do, protestors made sure their voices were heard, too.

From the Fight for a $15 minimum wage, Kendall Fells, National Organizing Director explained, “It doesn’t matter what party they support, it’s about these workers getting out of poverty, being able to feed their kids.”

And voices heard from those upset by some of the immigration rhetoric heard from the republican party. Maria Garza, Immigration Organizer for Worker's Defense Project, shared, “There are more than a million undocumented immigrants here, in Texas, that absolutely need to be respected, and that’s why we’re here.”

This is the candidates` last chance before Super Tuesday, to convince American conservatives why they are the one the G.O.P. needs to fall in line behind, if they want to win the White House in 2016.

But whether you loved hosting our most recent guests, or couldn’t wait for them to leave, they were here because the Republican National Committee recognized Houston, for all it’s worth. No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, that fact is not debatable.

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