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We continued to cut taxes ... to pass the most sweeping tort reform in the nation in 2003 ... we balanced our budget, we left $9 billion in our rainy day fund, we passed the most sweeping eminent domain for private property owners in the history of the state ... We did all that with a recession going on.
Washington, DC, has been an abject failure -- even back under Republican leadership. They spent too much money, they lost touch with their values, and they paid a hefty price. And America is now paying a heavy price for their lack of discipline, as this administration is overreaching, spending our children's inheritance, and jeopardizing their future.Yet Perry is bullish over the GOP's chances in 2010, when, he suggested, "this country swings back and swings back hard and fast to those conservative principles that we know work." He went on to add that "in the state of Texas, we never got away from them, and I don't think Texans want to make a change."
... I think Texans are scratching their heads right now, saying, why would we want to have a primary to change the governorship of Texas -- to possibly change the governorship of Texas -- that could cost up to $50 million, when these two titans clash on that field. Pulling $50 million out of an environment that frankly is a fixed environment of money -- with other races that are very important here as we decide what the makeup of the Texas Legislature is going to be prior to the redistricting year of 2011. Plus, putting in jeopardy a Senate seat that the Democrats could win. The Democrats could send a voice to DC that could be the balance of power when it comes to the issue of whether or not to filibuster or not. There is no legitimate answer to that, other than that's just what the senator wants to do. We know it's not in the best interest of the Republican Party, we know it's not in the best interest of our state, and we know it's not in the best interest of Republicans in Washington, DC, to put that seat in jeopardy.For her part, Hutchison has said that Perry "is putting his personal political agenda in front of the agenda that will move the state forward," and that she is opposing him "because I believe it is conservative to demand results and hold government accountable - with integrity and responsibility."
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