Interview: Dewhurst launches re-election bid
posted at 7:14 pm on August 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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:
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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