Tea Party vs. GOP establishment
What does Texas Senate battle reveal?
- Duration 4:50
- Date May 29, 2012
What does Texas Senate battle reveal?
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All right now in Texas the Republican primary battle following up a familiar pattern this election year -- status meant.
First is the Tea Party voters would choose a candidate to replace retiring senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
And -- question whether or not the lieutenant governor David Dewhurst described as a moderate Republican.
We'll get the majority needed to prevent a run off with the Tea Party favorite the State's former solicitor general.
Ten Ted Cruz I see more is on the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal wrote about this over the weekend this again we're seeing this pattern repeated south Steve.
But Texas is a very big state.
Not that the other station are important but -- sent it out Texas in this race that really caught your attention why is it.
By the way -- before we even talk about that we should note that Mitt Romney probably will be brought during the top.
Tonight -- have all the delegates he needs to be the official Republican nominee for president so that'll be one of the headlines out of Texas but the other big race is the one that you mentioned that you have the senate race where you have an establishment Republican lieutenant governor very powerful figure over the last ten years in.
Austin had around the state senate has a lot of money has the whole GOP team behind them and yet he can't seem -- get over the 50% hump because he's got two or three challengers the main one being.
A very popular conservative Tea Party backed candidate named Ted Cruz.
Was it was -- worked for.
Rehnquist on the Supreme Court was -- solicitor general was on the cover of national review magazine the darling of the conservatives so it's going to be really interesting to see tonight.
Whether Dewhurst can get over for 50%.
To avoid a runoff against.
-- fishing endorsements as well.
Have either side Dewhurst had.
Governor Mike Huckabee and that -- stories that's important -- out.
They take crews had to Sarah Palin endorsement -- know what you've been bigger because if you look at that previous races that we've -- In the last couple of months.
In Indiana and Nebraska where you had.
Upsets where you had that.
You know a six term as senator Dick Lugar -- being defeated by by can too Conservative Party candidate in both of those instances Jenna.
A key factor in Nebraska and Indiana was Sarah Palin coming in endorsing the upstart candidate.
And and just I think it was about a week ago she endorse Ted -- And that's given momentum to -- no question about it it would indicate she's a queen maker -- -- think -- is the king maker if you think that continues.
We'll see tonight won't wait I mean -- but you know is he said Texas big state.
You know Dewhurst has about twice as much money as as -- Ted Cruz does and that's.
-- is how -- got some criticism within the pages of your paper.
I had editorials and even the one that you wrote that noted something that.
Big east that maybe is not as indicative of other Tea Party clinically Tea Party candidates that stands out about hand that -- hasn't exactly jive.
Exactly the problem with Ted Cruz and I like him a lot I interviewed him spent a lot of time with -- as that editorial board has.
He does come across a battle it.
A little bit elitist you know Princeton Harvard -- Smartest guy in the -- when I talked to some of the activists in Texas that you know we'd like Ted Cruz police coming and know it all you know and and people don't like that in their politicians whether an hour.
United posits that I -- I -- I guess I have to read about it.
A little bit -- -- -- the bigger point of the establishment vs the new guys that are coming in new guys and women as they both of them together and I'm just curious your thoughts.
After seeing a few of these primary elections about where the GOP is.
As he delegates when he -- mission Mitt Romney's -- a boost to claim the nomination.
But if you're at the critics the critics have said that the of the Tea Party is hijacked the GOP senate say it's been absorbed -- where -- subtle.
I wouldn't use that word -- I think there should still extremely influential you see that the races that -- happen in Nebraska and Indiana.
And you know what I see and a lot of these primaries is that a lot of people when I called the bubble Washington DC don't -- Is there's a lot of anger.
And there's a lot of frustration and impatience.
By the Tea Party people you know why did you vote to raise the -- -- why you bring that that's now what you know why -- you doing some but not -- former governor.
All these things have caused a lot of anger among conservatives in your seeing that these key races that's why tonight's race.
Is a critical lead indicator about how angry the Tea Party people are deep down south and Texas and as.
As it's -- ten mid terms -- this -- -- cardiac that's what you're gonna see you know and when 2010 you -- not just more Republicans but more conservative Republicans elected.
If the Tea Party can follow up that that up with big victories in 2012.
-- of a much more conservatives not just -- more Republican senate but a more conservative.
You know pro taxpayer.
Senate that there's much more interest -- in the -- in the issues that they peep from Tea Party people.
You know cause them to really get angry and get involved in politics as -- can pop.
Exodus Italy says that that you re in my entry into the hands going to be a great that if I think -- you very much.
Thank you had his -- since.