6) Texas Senate primary
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Solicitor General Ted Cruz will face off in their first televised debate on Friday.
“I think one thing you’ll see is that David Dewhurst will present a clear contrast in the race, which is between a Texas conservative businessman and a lawyer funded by Washington special interests,” said Dewhurst campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch.
Hirsch said Dewhurst would talk about his record as lieutenant governor, and specifically about the policy plan he released Thursday, which Hirsch described as “his agenda to go to Washington and change business as usual.”
Among other things, the plan calls for term limits, decreasing congressional salaries, banning earmarks and reforming the lobbying rules to keep members of Congress from becoming lobbyists for four years after they leave Congress.
The Cruz campaign knocked Dewhurst for refusing to debate Cruz more.
“Since this race began, Ted has campaigned vigorously across the state, meeting with grassroots conservatives all over Texas, while David Dewhurst has skipped 36 debates and acted as if he were entitled to a U.S. Senate seat,” James Bernsen wrote in an email to TheDC. “This rare Dewhurst debate appearance is an opportunity for Texas voters to hear why he supported a ‘wage tax’ that The Wall Street Journal called a ‘fancy disguise for an income tax,’ and why state spending grew by $72 billion during his tenure.”
“This race presents a clear choice between a go-along-to-get-along career politician in David Dewhurst and a conservative fighter who will stand up to the Obama administration, end the Obama war on jobs, stop out-of-control spending and rein in the growth of government power,” Bernsen added. “More and more Texans every day are embracing Ted’s campaign because they recognize that he is that kind of fighter they’re looking for.”