State of Texas Archives: on Principles & Values


David Dewhurst: PAC ad: "Shattered Vision" calls Cruz a false conservative

During the Q&A portion of the debate, Dewhurst needled Cruz for not going on record to support Sen. John Cornyn's bid for a GOP leadership position.

The filing deadline for the first quarter of 2012 was Sunday. Dewhurst raised $1.7 million and Cruz raised $1.3 million.

The night before the debate, the Texas Conservatives Fund, Dewhurst's Super PAC run by Dewhurst's former chief-of-staff, put out a new attack ad on Cruz. "Shattered Vision" calls Cruz a "false conservative" whose law firm has donated over $200,000 to Obama's campaign, sides with Chinese businesses over American ones, and opposed lowering property taxes in 2006. The ad's epic graphics, dark imagery and daunting music make Cruz out to be some sort of Manchurian candidate. Essentially, standard Republican fare, but a sign nonetheless that Dewhurst will be hitting Cruz back hard until Election Day.

Source: BurntOrangeReport.com on 2012 Texas Senate Debate Apr 21, 2012

Ted Cruz: OpEd: His law firm donated $200,000 to Obama's campaign

During the Q&A portion of the debate, Dewhurst needled Cruz for not going on record to support Sen. John Cornyn's bid for a GOP leadership position.

The filing deadline for the first quarter of 2012 was Sunday. Dewhurst raised $1.7 million and Cruz raised $1.3 million.

The night before the debate, the Texas Conservatives Fund, Dewhurst's Super PAC run by Dewhurst's former chief-of-staff, put out a new attack ad on Cruz. "Shattered Vision" calls Cruz a "false conservative" whose law firm has donated over $200,000 to Obama's campaign, sides with Chinese businesses over American ones, and opposed lowering property taxes in 2006. The ad's epic graphics, dark imagery and daunting music make Cruz out to be some sort of Manchurian candidate. Essentially, standard Republican fare, but a sign nonetheless that Dewhurst will be hitting Cruz back hard until Election Day.

Source: BurntOrangeReport.com on 2012 Texas Senate Debate Apr 21, 2012

Rick Noriega: Served in Afghanistan as Lt. Colonel in Army National Guard

Throughout the Senate race, Noriega has talked up his experience as a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard. The Houston state legislator served in Afghanistan and along the Texas-Mexico border in his Guard role.
Source: 2008 Texas Senate Debate reported in Dallas Morning News Oct 17, 2008

John Cornyn: Criticizes Noriega for campaigning during Hurricane Ike

Cornyn tried to cancel the statewide broadcast of his first TV ad [due to Hurricane Ike], but wasnít able to keep it from airing in Dallas, Austin and Amarillo today.

Noriega, who was tweaked by the Cornyn camp for not canceling two campaign events as the storm moved inland, chided Cornyn for broadcasting campaign spots. ďThey chose to run an ad when 3 million people still donít have power in the state of Texas,Ē said Noriegaís campaign.

Cornyn criticized Noriega for stumping in Killeen even as his Houston district ďwas pounded by Ike.Ē Cornynís campaign said, ďThis isnít a time for gotcha politics. Everyone seems to realize this but Rick Noriega. He and his staff should be ashamed and owe those affected by Ike an apology.Ē

Noriegaís campaign responded, ďGotcha politics? Our entire campaign has been evacuated to Austin by Hurricane Ike.Ē The campaign noted that Noriega, a Texas National Guard officer, reported to Austinís Camp Mabry Sunday to help with hurricane response support efforts.

Source: 2008 Texas Senate debate reported in The Dallas Morning News Sep 17, 2008

Barack Obama: Go beyond the divisions so that the government can work

If we canít inspire the American people to get involved in their government and if we canít inspire them to go beyond the racial divisions and the religious divisions and the regional divisions that have plagued our politics for so long, then we will continue to see the kind of gridlock and nonperformance in Washington that is resulting in families suffering in very real ways. Iím running for president to start doing something about that suffering, and so are the people who are behind my campaign.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Barack Obama: Life experiences taught me how to bring people together

Q: Iím wondering if you will describe the moment that tested you the most, that moment of crisis.

A: What I look at is the trajectory of my life because I was raised by a single mom. My father left when I was two, and I was raised by my mother and my grandparents. There were rocky periods during my youth, when I made mistakes & was off course. And what was most important, in my life, was learning to take responsibility for not only my own actions but how I can bring people together to actually have a impact on the world. Working as a community organizer with ordinary people, bringing them together and organizing them to provide jobs and health care, economic security to people who didnít have it, then working as a civil rights attorney to fight for those who were being discriminated against on the job. Itís the reason that I have the capacity to bring people together, and why I am determined to make sure that the American people get a government that is worthy of their decency and their generosity.

Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Barack Obama: Actions can be seen in 20 years of my public service

Actions do speak louder than words, which is why over the 20 years of my public service I have acted a lot to provide health care to people who didnít have it, to provide tax breaks to families that needed it, to reform a criminal justice system that had resulted in wrongful convictions, to open up our government and to pass the toughest ethics reform legislation since Watergate, to make sure that we create transparency to make sure that we create transparency in our government so that we know where federal spending is going and itís not going to a bunch of boondoggles and earmarks that are wasting taxpayer money that could be spent on things like early childhood education. If you talk to those wounded warriors at Walter Reed who, prior to me getting to the Senate, were having to pay for their meals and have to pay for their phone calls to their family while theyíre recovering from amputations, theyíve said that Iíve engaged not just in talk, but in action.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Barack Obama: People understand we must bring the country together

There is a fundamental difference between us in terms of how change comes about. Clinton of late has said: Letís get real. The implication is that the people whoíve been voting for me or involved in my campaign are somehow delusional. The 20 million people whoíve been paying attention to 19 debates and the editorial boards all across the country at newspapers who have given me endorsements, including every major newspaper here in the state of Texas. The thinking is that somehow, theyíre being duped, and eventually theyíre going to see the reality of things. They perceive reality of whatís going on in Washington very clearly. What they see is that if we donít bring the country together, stop the endless bickering, actually focus on solutions and reduce the special interests that have dominated Washington, then we will not get anything done. The reason that this campaign has done so well is because people understand that it is not just a matter of putting forward policy positions.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Barack Obama: Suggesting that I plagiarized Deval Patrick is silly

Q: Clinton accused you of plagiarism [of a speech by MA Gov. Deval Patrick]. How do you respond?

A: Itís not a lot of speeches. There are two lines in speeches that Iíve been giving over the last couple of weeks. Iíve been campaigning now for the last 2 years. Patrick is a national co-chairman of my campaign, and suggested an argument that I share, that words are important. Words matter. The implication that they donít I think diminishes how important it is to speak to the American people directly about making America as good as its promise. Barbara Jordan understood this as well as anybody. That I had plagiarized from somebody who was one of my national co-chairs who gave me the line and suggested that I use it is silly, and this is where we start getting into silly season, in politics, and people start getting discouraged about it. What we shouldnít be spending time doing is tearing each other down. We should be spending time lifting the country up.

Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Barack Obama: Wouldnít be running if I didnít think I was prepared

I wouldnít be running if I didnít think I was prepared to be commander-in-chief. My number one job as president will be to keep the American people safe. I will do whatever is required to accomplish that. I will not hesitate to act against those that would do America harm. That involves maintaining the strongest military on earth, which means that we are training our troops properly and equipping them properly, and putting them on proper rotations. There are an awful lot of families who have been burdened under two and three and four tours because of the poor planning of the current commander-in-chief, and that will end when I am president. It also means using our military wisely. On whether or not to go to war in Iraq, I showed the judgment of a commander-in-chief. Clinton was wrong in her judgments on that. That has significant consequences, because it has diverted attention from Afghanistan where al Qaeda, that killed 3,000 Americans, are stronger now than at any time since 2001.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Barack Obama: I have shown the right judgment to lead

Iíve heard from an Army captain who was the head of a rifle platoon supposed to have 39 men in a rifle platoon. He ended up being sent to Afghanistan with 24 men, because 15 of those soldiers had been sent to Iraq. As a consequence, they didnít have enough ammunition, they didnít have enough humvees. They were actually capturing Taliban weapons, because it was easier to get Taliban weapons than it was for them to get properly equipped. Thatís a consequence of bad judgment. On going into Iraq originally, I said this is going to distract us from Afghanistan, fan the flames of anti-American sentiment, and cost us billions of dollars and thousands of lives and overstretch our military. I was right. On the question of Pakistan, Iíve said very clearly that we have put all our eggs in the Musharraf basket. That was a mistake. We should be going after al Qaeda and making sure that Pakistan is serious about hunting down terrorists, as well as expanding democracy. I was right.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton: Called by my faith & upbringing to serve others at young age

I resolved at a very young age that Iíd been blessed and called by my faith and by my upbringing to do what I could to give others the same opportunities and blessings that I took for granted. Thatís what gets me up in the morning. Thatís what motivates me in this campaign. I am honored to be here with Obama. I am absolutely honored. Whatever happens, weíre going to be fine. We have strong support from our families & our friends. I hope that weíll be able to say the same thing about the American people.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton: I have the experience to be commander in chief

Q: Are you suggesting that Obama doesnít have the experience to be commander in chief?

A: For more than 15 years, Iíve been honored to represent our country in more than 80 countries to negotiate on matters such as opening borders for refugees during the war in Kosovo, to stand up for womenís rights as human rights around the world. Iíve served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and worked as one of the leaders in the Congress on behalf of Homeland Security in the challenges we face.

Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton: My own crises are nothing compared to what people often face

Iíve lived through some crises and some challenging moments in my life. I am grateful for the support and the prayers of countless Americans. People often ask me, ďHow do you do it? How do you keep going?Ē I just have to shake my head in wonderment, because with all of the challenges that Iíve had, they are nothing compared to what I see happening in the lives of Americans every single day. I was honored to be asked to speak at the opening at a center designed to take care of and provide rehabilitation for our brave young men and women who have been injured in war. Those who had lost limbs were trying with great courage to get themselves in without the help of others. Some were in wheelchairs and some were on gurneys. The speaker representing these wounded warriors had had most of his face disfigured by the results of fire from a roadside bomb. The hits Iíve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton: Words matter, but actions speak louder than words

Q: Are you saying that Obama is all hat and no cattle?

A: I have said that about Bush, and our next president needs to be a lot less hat and a lot more cattle. Obama & I have a lot in common. We both care passionately about our country. We are devoted to public service. We care deeply about the future, and we have run a very vigorous & contested primary campaign, which has been by most standards, very positive & extremely civil. In our efforts to draw those contrasts & comparisons, we obviously try to let voters know how we see the world differently. I offer solutions. Thatís what I believe in & what Iíve done. Itís what I offer to voters because itís part of my life, over the last 35 years, working to get kids health care, to expand legal services for the poor, to register voters, and to make a difference. This country has given me so much. There are differences between our records and our accomplishments. Words are important and words matter, but actions speak louder than words.

Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton: Using passages from otherís speeches is change you can Xerox

If your candidacy is going to be about words, then they should be your own words. Thatís a very simple proposition. Lifting whole passages from someone elseís speeches is not change you can believe in, itís change you can Xerox. If you look at the YouTube of these videos, it does raise questions. There is no doubt that Obama is a passionate, eloquent speaker, and I applaud him for that. But when you look at what we face in this country, we do need to unite the country, but we have to unite it for purpose around very specific goals. It is not enough to say, ďLetís come together.Ē Weíve got to look hard at the difficult challenges we face, especially after Bush leaves the White House. The world will breathe a sigh of relief once he is gone. But then weíve got to do the hard work of not just bringing the country together, but overcoming a lot of the entrenched opposition to the very ideas that both of us believe in, and for some of us have been fighting for, for a very long time.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

George W. Bush: Our guiding philosophy: Individual rights & responsibilties

Throughout the ages, individuals, more than armies or nations or politics, have shaped the course of events. Every triumphant achievement, every great decision. in the final analysis came about because of the acts of individuals. Our Constitution rights are rights which belong to and are exercised by individuals. That idea is the guiding philosophy of our nation. But implicit in those rights is responsibility-to respect the rights of others, to treat our fellow man the way we want to be treated.
Source: Powell Lecture Series, Texas A&M Univ. Apr 6, 1998

George W. Bush: Base ďresponsibility eraĒ on Judeo-Christian values

Our society holds dear Judeo-Christian values that have stood the test of time: love your neighbor, give an honest dayís work for an honest dayís wages. Tell the truth and be honest. Donít cheat or steal. Respect others, respect their property and respect their opinions. And always remember: you are responsible for the decisions you make. And that is the hope for my generationís legacy: that we usher in the responsibility era. We can change todayís culture from ďif it feels good, do itĒ.
Source: Powell Lecture Series, Texas A&M Univ. Apr 6, 1998

George W. Bush: De-emphasize economics; focus on compassion

Government canít solve all our problems. Economic growth canít solve all our problems. In fact, weíre now putting too much hope in economics, just as we once put too much hope in government. Reducing problems to economics is simply materialism. The real answer is found in the hearts of decent, caring people who have heard the call to love their neighbors as they would like to be loved themselves. We must rally the armies of compassion that are in every community.
Source: Powell Lecture Series, Texas A&M Univ. Apr 6, 1998

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