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Cornyn, Noriega Make Final Push for Votes

Cornyn, Noriega
Cornyn, Noriega

By Shelley Kofler, KERA News

Dallas, TX – U.S Senate candidates Rick Noriega and John Cornyn made a last swing through North Texas on the eve of the election. KERA's Shelley Kofler talked to both about what they want voters to remember.

At the Dallas County Republican phone bank, Senator John Cornyn sounded a little like his television ads where he sports a cowboy hat, saying he hopes voters will remember him as a guy who shoots straight.

Cornyn: Hopefully the voters in Texas know me pretty well. They know I will keep my word. I will do what I say and I say what I do ahead of time.

In a state expected to vote red, Democratic challenger Rick Noriega says he knows he's fighting an uphill battle.

Noriega: To unseat a sitting senator is a very difficult undertaking.

But he feels it is his duty to try.

Noriega: I didn't want my sons to ask me, 'Dad, why didn't you try to do something when you saw it going into the ditch?'

Cornyn and Noriega have mixed it up over many issues, including the economy. Noriega says he would not have voted for the $700 billion bailout because it does not provide help for homeowners. Cornyn says he voted in favor of the bailout because quick action was needed to keep the economy from plummeting further.