Skip to comments.Video: GOP candidates for governor spar in The Belo Debate
Posted on 01/29/2010 7:58:57 PM PST by jsdjason
"DALLAS (AP) U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and political activist Debra Medina ganged up on front-running Gov. Rick Perry on Friday in the final televised debate before the March 2 Republican primary."
Medina won the online vote asking who won the debate with 97% of the vote.
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Oops, left out that this was the TEXAS GOP Primary race in the thread title.
Wow. I didn't watch the debate, but that's impressive for a newcomer, and someone's who's the dark horse in this race.
The intensity of her supporters is far greater than the 2 RINOs, that may explain it. But, the fact that she was the only one that didn’t dance around the questions may have won some her some support too. Perry and KBH constantly dodged and changed the subject. Whether you like Medina or not, you probably know where she stands on the issues.
I know KBH is a RINO but is Perry too? He’s been governor for like 70,000 years and showed up at a few Tea Party rallies is all I know about him. And he has governor hair.
I heard a couple of times she tried to do a little dancing herself. She may not be as skilled at dancing...yet.
(I’m a cynic..forgive me.)
Tea Party groups are supporting Medina. Perry is a sleazeball behind closed-doors from what my political friends in the Rep. Party of Texas tell me. They also tell me that Medina is the most principled person they know.
Perry is a big cheerleader of Texas’ greatness, but the cold-hard reality is that Texas will be facing an economic crisis similar to California’s in the next 2-3 years if course is not changed, i.e., spending cuts, etc.
Contrary to popular belief, the tax structure in Texas is not the most fair. Property taxes are sky high, the business tax is a job-killer, and on top of that we have the sales tax. Medina wants to have revenue raised strictly off a state sales tax.
Perry and KBH have completely ignored Medina so we have no idea where they stand on her ideas.
Oh wow, I didn’t know that. I’d figured your tax structure was similar to TN’s, which is primarily sales tax, since y’all don’t have an income tax either. Will we keep KBH’s senate seat at least?
I’m really proud of Debra tonight; she undoubtedly won over even more supporters with her performance.
As was the case with the other debate...
Rick’s performance again suggested that he probably wishes there weren’t any debates (or even a campaign for that matter)...
Kay’s performance proved once again that she doesn’t actually want the GOP primary voters to know where she stands on most of the issues...
and then there was Debra answering the questions bluntly (the exact opposite of Kay) while trying to make sure everyone knew exactly where she stands on her signature issues.
Since anyone can go online and vote, no guarantee the Medina voters live in Texas or saw the debate.
Could be Democrats doing a push poll knowing Medina doesn’t stand a chance against a Dem.
“and he has governor hair” . . .
LOL, and that’s the truth !
Ron Paul supporters!
It’s similar to the 92 election with Bush. Clinton and Perot. Governor Perry may not be exactly what I want but I fear KBH would never stand up for Texas against the Washington elite. Democrats will support Medina simply to take votes from Perry and guarantee KBH wins.
You got it!
Medina doesn’t stand a chance against the Dems? If you look at the internals of the last Rassmussen poll Debra - who still had a very large number of respondents who didn’t know who she was yet - was only 4 points behind the very well known and (supposedly) centrist Democrat former mayor of Houston Bill White in a hypothetical matchup.
When the wins the Republican nomination and the general election campaign begins the 30% or so who haven’t even heard about her yet will get to know her and then she’ll have a very, very good chance of defeating Bill White... especially since by then she’ll have lots of money as the Republican nominee.
Think about this folks. It’s entirely possible that after the debate tonight Debra surges over the next two weeks like she has over the last two weeks (and like Scott Brown and Doug Hoffman did once they got some publicity, grew their name recognition, and began to really feed off the tea party momentum in the waning days of their campaigns) and finds herself with a realistic shot at getting into the runoff. And when this happens... she will have done it with 1/30th of the money of her two opponents.
If Debra wins the Republican nomination the only thing that will keep her from having a very good chance of becoming the next Governor of Texas is the GOP establishment.
Eh, quite the contrary. I’d be shocked if we elected a democrat over a pile of manure.
“Democrats will support Medina simply to take votes from Perry and guarantee KBH wins”
The Texas Republican primary doesn’t work that way. A vote for Medina DOES NOTHING WHATSOEVER to help KBH win... because KBH needs a majority of the votes to win now matter how the rest of the votes are distributed amongst the other candidates.
Let me say it another way. Voting for Debra Medina in the primary does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to help KBH reach 50%+1 of the votes because every vote for Medina means KBH needs even more votes in order to get to 50%+1 of the total votes cast.
The absolute worst case scenario you are looking at - if you kind of like Medina better than Perry but your #1 fear is KBH winning - is Rick having to defeat Kay in the runoff without having to worry about Debra siphoning away votes on his conservative flank.
People keep bringing up Ron Paul—I don’t get that. I’ve never heard that she has had any affiliation with him, and his Libertarian party sure isn’t giving her any money—that I know for for a fact.
But there is much about her I will have to research before she gets my vote. (before you suggest I check out her website I need to say that I do as much independent research as possible.)
I would like to see more of the speech in which she addresses secession. She kind of laid that off on a response to Perry. It sounded to me like she was on board, from the clip.
I will have to look at the numbers for a consumption tax vs property tax (although I like the idea). But will that bring enough tax dollars to operate on?
There are several items I want to check into...but I won't bore you.
One of my favorite moments of the debate was when cornered about the ads KBH is incessantly running about the TCC..she admitted it was the sentiment that lived on. KBH will not get my vote unless the choice is between her and a Dem. And it will hurt.
I fear Medina could well pull enough voters from Perry to force a run-off. And I don't think she can win today.
One more thing...in the first debate she said she was for the legalization of drugs.
My personal feelings aside...how do you think that stance will play with most Texas voters?