France and Germany each have transportation systems superior to Texas.
Folks seem to be jumping in to talk about population density. That's fair, but you know what? That's *not* what the AZ Republicans were talking about. Their map is simply showing surface area.
Incidentally, Texas is 268k square miles, France is 248k. France has a population of 67 M, while Texas has a population of 29 M. A significant difference, but not enough of a difference to argue that Texas is "empty."
And I'm pretty sure that all those European countries were developing their transportation systems long before their population densities were at current levels.

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