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The Texas Debates: Candidates



Ted Cruz

Age: 41
Residence: Houston

Professional/Political Experience: Princeton University; Harvard Law School; Clerk, Chief Justice William Rehnquist; Deputy Attorney General; Director of the Office of Policy Planning, FTC; Texas Solicitor General 2003-2008.

Texas Connection: Born in Canada, raised in Houston; Student speaker for Houston’s Free Enterprise Institution.

Why I am the best choice: Our nation is at a crossroads, and the next senator from Texas needs to be a strong conservative and a fighter. I’m the only candidate in this race who has a proven record of fighting for conservative principles and winning on a national level. My Dad fled oppression in Cuba, coming to Texas penniless in 1957. Having seen firsthand how fragile liberty can be, I will fight tirelessly to preserve our freedom.

Top Priorities: Repeal the federal healthcare plan; Reduce the federal government’s size and power; Restore the Tenth Amendment’s spending limits.

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David Dewhurst

Age: 66

Residence:  Houston

Professional/Political Experience:  University of Arizona; US Air Force; CIA; State Department; Founder of Falcon Seaboard energy and investment company; Texas Land Commissioner 1999-2003; Texas Lt. Governor since 2003.

Texas Connection:  Born in Houston; Cattle rancher and champion horse rider inducted into Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame 2009

Why I am the best choice: "I believe that my unique experience – as a businessman creating jobs and as an elected official restraining government – makes me the best candidate to represent Texas during these difficult times.  As lieutenant governor, I helped make the Texas economy one of the best in the nation by repeatedly cutting taxes and spending, and balancing every budget without raising taxes."

Top Priorities:  Repeal the federal health care plan; Reduce the deficit through cuts to government spending; Pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. 

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