Battle for Senate seat heats up in Texas
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on his campaign
- Duration 4:35
- Date Jun 3, 2012
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on his campaign
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Alive and well in Texas.
We're we're having a primary contest.
I'm just merely saying wouldn't mr.
And I do conservative.
In Texas a special GOP primary runoff election will be held next month for the seat now held by senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
The campaign trail has been heated with each Republican candidate looking to prove he is the only true conservative in the race.
We start things off with Texas lieutenant governor David Dewhurst he joins us live lieutenant governor thank you for your time today.
-- -- -- -- -- Are you -- -- by folks a lot of people would consider conservative governor Rick Perry Mike Huckabee.
Michael Reagan how -- is conservative and -- when this race.
I'm the most conservative lieutenant governor in the history of the state of Texas Shannon.
Working I'm a lifelong conservative businessman and working.
-- part time as lieutenant governor.
And will -- Governor Perry we've created the Texas miracle the strongest economy in the entire country with the largest job creation.
Those are the fundamentals of our take -- Washington.
And help turn this country around.
Art -- when -- get your teens to respond to an -- That comes from your -- -- Ted -- former solicitor general there in Texas he says and that -- that Americans are tired of -- career politicians.
It got an an accurate description of you.
Brent what would you expect from a trial -- Of course -- But my opponent is a slick.
Harvard lawyer you're.
-- funded and beholden to Washington's special interest in -- Washington special interest.
Have spent millions and millions and millions of dollars and untrue attack ads against me.
How can you be anything with a very very conservative when you've created the Texas miracle you've cut taxes 51 times for over fourteen billion dollars.
On Texas taxpayers.
You've cut spending by over a billion dollars each year over the last nine years you cut fourteen billion dollars.
A spending last year and -- balance five straight budgets without raising taxes.
Plus -- endorsed by all of the pro life organizations because I -- Fiscally and socially the most conservative lieutenant governor in the history of the state of Texas.
So what do you make outside groups including the Club for Growth which -- got involved and other state races.
Saying that they want to push those who are currently in office incumbents and others -- could be a race involving senator Dick Lugar.
They want to push for those who will be even more conservative and they are backing Ted Cruz.
Do you think that the GOP is getting to a place where you have to be to the extreme right or you're not going to be elected or you're going to be challenged by these outside groups.
You -- Shannon I read a quote in the Dallas morning news feel that they were in which they said.
If you have any doubt in your mind whether I'm David Dewhurst is conservative.
-- the Democrats in the Texas legislature.
And I am.
I have always been conservative.
Is quite frankly is a bright guys very eloquent.
But he's been a staffer all of -- life I'm a conservative leader mr.
-- he's been he has been a staffer in state and federal bureaucracies for over half of his career.
Are created job never been a businessman never worn the uniform of the United States is I have never served abroad defending his country as I have them.
So we have a big contrast.
My opponent and myself no I'm very very comfortable with the support I have in the state of Texas.
If I wasn't conservative and Rick -- -- conservative because we have the same record in Texas would not be.
The stated as we would not have the strongest economy in the country we would not be.
The number one job creation just think about it.
Texas has created more net new jobs over -- the last.
Nine years in the rest of the country combined -- an 8% of the population is created more new jobs the 92% of the population.
I'm proud of what we've we've we've we've been able to do I am still run in my business I'm a lifelong conservative businessman.
All right lieutenant governor David Dewhurst we will watch this race and see you on July 31 sir thank you for making time for us today you.