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Interview: Dewhurst launches re-election bid

posted at 7:14 pm on August 7, 2013 by

Just a few minutes ago, I spoke with Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, who announced earlier today that he will run for a fourth term in 2014. I interviewed Dewhurst twice during the fight over the late-term abortion ban this summer, and Dewhurst tells me that he wants to continue working with the legislature to pass conservative priorities on economic issues, border security, and education.  Dewhurst has a new campaign team with more conservative credentials — a nod to some criticism from his unsuccessful bid on the 2012 Senate nomination, which he lost to Ted Cruz — and an agenda to match:

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We spent most of our time talking about immigration policy, which impacts Texas more than most states. Dewhurst wants the border secured, and says that border security patrols in his state have been cut back by sequestration. He calls for tripling the number of agents, and says that returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq should be hired for their experience and skills in order to make sure the border gets “shut down.” Right now, the border is “porous” no matter what claims are being made in Washington. “I’m not a believer in a path to citizenship,” Dewhurst says, as it amounts to “cutting in line” at the expense of people who followed the law in entering the US.

Another conservative priority on Dewhurst’s agenda is school choice and reform of public schools, which we discuss at length in the later part of the interview.  Mostly, though, Dewhurst wants to fight against the Left in Texas as they try to turn the state blue, which he pledges will only happen “over my cold, dead political body.”

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I will be the first to admit that I am commenting before watching the video. I will watch it, mostly because I want to hear his explanation for the sleazy and disgraceful campaign tactics that he undertook in the last election cycle.

BRB

RushBaby on August 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

OK I am back after I have listened to the podcast.

He implies that since Texas is ‘the strongest economy in the country, number one place in the country to do business, number one in job creation, number one in the country in exports’, that something called “we”, the entrenched political class, needs four more years to stand up to all the pressure. Never does he credit or champion the real reason for Texas prosperity, which is the oil industry. I guess Texas voters are supposed to believe that Mr. Dewhurst and his mysterious posse (“we”) are to be trusted for four more years at the helm. *snicker*

“Dead cold political body” is about as winceworthy as “read my lips”.

“Dewhurst has a new campaign team with more conservative credentials”. Yeah, I heard him touch on that and skip right over it all slippery-like, changing the subject to topics where he has the self-flattering patter and lip service all pat, rehearsed, and stump-speech sincere.

Sorry, in my mind, this is a discredited, entrenched politician. Thank you for your service, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, I voted for you proudly, but your ambition last cycle made you look like a rattlesnake, and in Texas, to quote you, “That Is Unacceptable”.

RushBaby on August 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Ed, you didn’t ask the obvious question: “After 12 years of playing second fiddle, why isn’t Dewhurst running for the top job??? “”

KenInIL on August 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

… the sleazy and disgraceful campaign tactics that he undertook in the last election cycle.

RushBaby on August 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Boy, you are spot-on with that. Dewhurst’s campaign for Senate, and especially his run-off campaign against Ted Cruz, was very democrat-like, and very un-Texas-ly … it was shocking, disgusting and the definition of sleazy.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Ed, you didn’t ask the obvious question: “After 12 years of playing second fiddle, why isn’t Dewhurst running for the top job??? “”

KenInIL on August 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

He can’t win a Republican primary next March for governor against Greg Abbott, but Dewhurst may be able to tread water and keep his current job for another four years. He does have high enough name recognition to at the very least get into a primary runoff for the Lt. Gov. job, and unlike last year, he’s taking any possible challenge from a candidate to his right seriously this time around (aided by Wendy Davis taking an issue that nobody thought would be a big one — the 20-week abortion ban — and turning it into a major fight with her angry filibuster. That allowed Dewhurst to gain some good PR in the second special session by forcing the ban though the Senate as liberals across the nation howled in protest).

jon1979 on August 8, 2013 at 12:32 AM

All good comments. Dewhurst did run a sleazy campaign against Cruz. Before Cruz was a U.S. Senator for 90 days, the left was wailing and gnashing their teeth. Had Dewhurst won, he’d still be back-slapping on Capitol Hill and talking about “reaching across the aisle”.

Dewhurst has a new campaign team with more conservative credentials

That alone should tell you he can’t be trusted, he bends to the political winds that benefit him, not Texas.

cartooner on August 8, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Glad Cruz won. He has proven to be a real asset.

Bmore on August 8, 2013 at 9:44 AM

That alone should tell you he can’t be trusted, he bends to the political winds that benefit him, not Texas.

cartooner on August 8, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Embracing conservatism in Texas is not bending with the political winds, it is going with the flow. Dewhurst took a 2×4 blow to the head, give him credit for acknowledging the lesson he learned so harshly. He was about two years behind Perry in getting the message. That said I’ll prolly go for Todd Staples.

And for KeninIl – Lt. Gov is stronger than gov in the legislative process here. Gov gets his power through appointments and vetoes.

DanMan on August 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

DanMan on August 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Call it what you will, Dewhurst’s core values is “what’s best for Dewhurst”. It shouldn’t have taken a blow to the head for a sitting office holder to know his position. But ol’ Dave likes to play footsie with progressives in the back room. Which brings us to another thing. While the Texas Governor isn’t the strongest executive as governors go, it isn’t the weakest. The Lt. Gov. has a lot of power in the senate as does the Speaker in the house, but the governors veto power trumps them both. Under Perry, the appointment process is far more powerful than anyone imagined before.

cartooner on August 8, 2013 at 5:30 PM