Texas Democrats pledge 'openness' but face divides

Texas Democrats pledge 'openness' but face divides

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Posted on June 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

DALLAS (AP) - Thousands of delegates at the Texas Democratic Convention have promised to produce a party platform far more-inclusive than the state GOP.

But more-openness can also mean defying traditional Democratic values, or taking positions that alienate some voters.

Democratic gun-owners said during Friday's gathering in Dallas that they want to better-defend the Second Amendment, while those opposing abortion say their voices should be heard.

The party also has previously opposed the death penalty - something not popular with many Texans.

This year's final platform won't be approved until Saturday. Still, despite disagreements, it'll differ from Texas Republicans, whose platform included a hard-line immigration stance and endorsed therapy to turn gay people straight.

Gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis also hopes to fire up her party's faithful - but isn't speaking until Friday night.

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