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We have some drama the size of Texas in the states race for the US senate seat lieutenant governor David Dewhurst.
In a primary runoff -- Houston lawyer Ted Cruz -- challenging his opponent.
To a debate in Spanish.
Boat cruises a Cuban American -- take that offer Martha talked to cruise about that this week.
-- Cruz joins me now he is a former Texas solicitor general and Republican primary candidate for senate did to having with a sad this morning mr.
Thank you it's great to be with you Martha says -- is getting a lot of attention and you are going to be in a run off on July 31.
Dewhurst it's a Republican vs Republican -- -- for the nominee.
Nomination in in your district but he has recently challenged GO as the story goes to an.
Spanish debate to do a debate with him in Spanish.
What's -- background on that issue.
Well it's -- silly season of politics side I don't think we should do a debate in Spanish most Texans speak English if we were in Mexico if we were in Cuba we do the debate in Spanish.
Here in Texas we should do it English but it.
It is a -- comment on your -- best.
-- -- my Spanish is lousy now -- let's made very clear the debate would be much much better in English.
But but there's actually a reason Martha that he's proposing in Spanish which which is.
That that my opponent David Dewhurst has skipped.
35 debates all over the state of Texas he has been hiding from grassroots voters so he wants to do a debate.
In a language where the vast majority of primary voters don't understand it because -- don't want voters to hear about his record.
-- and I think from the beginning this -- should be decided by the people the voters have a right.
To hear from the candidates anyone running from senate should stand in front of the candidates and not they stand in front of the people and not hide from them.
But you know this is sort of the little engine that could kind of situation you -- a lot of support from Sarah Palin and others in the Tea Party.
In this race and he's outspent you your opponent miss it by some estimates about five to one -- a lot of experts took.
Raise money for your side but now I you've got -- race to worry about and it's a runoff at the end of July as I said.
I you need to raise a lot of money and by most estimates you need to -- figure out a way -- is to you know make your opponent look bad which is what most opponents try to deal.
And you would like to do that in the form of a debate.
On election night I challenge my opponent to five debate -- get 35 during the primary itself.
And this race is is ground zero for the national battle between the moderate establishment.
And the Tea Party -- away.
All over the country people are fed up with the same.
Tired establishment career politicians -- the that's why we're going broke we've got career politicians in both parties.
Who don't believe anything.
And who think they're entitled to stay in office that's why -- candidate skips 35 debates because he doesn't think he owes it to the people to show up.
My opponent here is spent over ten million dollars in false nasty attack cans all aimed at me.
I think we should be in front of the voters I think we should answer real voters' questions.
I think that's what the people of Texas one is a strong conservative and a fighter in the senate -- stand up to Obama.
And it will fight to restore the constitution.
-- seat that a lot of enthusiasm out there is going to be a tough race by all estimates and it's gonna require.
A lot more money on your side of someone it looks like at this point thank you so much -- -- for joining us it's -- race and everybody -- watching.
Across the country will see -- you -- thank you search your -- terrific thank you for having me.
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