Skip to comments.Analysts Give Cruz The Edge For Tonight's Debate
Posted on 07/17/2012 1:37:13 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
The run-off election between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst is July 31st.
Conventional wisdom says whoever wins that race will also win in November and be the state's next U.S. Senator.
Joe Householder, with Purple Strategies, is quick to point out he's a Democrat. But as a political strategist he says this run-off is working in Cruz's favor.
"Run-offs, especially on the Republican side, are the elections that usually draw people, the kind of folks who I like to say drive by the school every Saturday to make sure there's not an election. And those are the folks that Ted Cruz is counting on."
Householder says Cruz has been effective at turning this race into a cause for tea party voters, while Dewhurst hasn't been able to tap into that same enthusiasm.
Bill Miller is a long time political analyst in Austin. He agrees that Cruz has more momentum going into tonight's debate and calls the race remarkable and surprising.
"I think that Dewhurst...if the primaries had been held in March with a normal turnout, he would have run without a run-off. But that's not what happened. So you know right now Ted Cruz looks like he might be our next senator and no one saw it coming, least of all David Dewhurst."
Both analysts say they expect tonight's debate to be aggressive and heated, with Dewhurst on the attack against Cruz.
The candidates will debate in Dallas tonight at 7pm. You can hear that debate live here on KUHF.
Ted has Nerves of Steel.
I disagree with him on the fence, though it doesn’t matter as it will never happen.
which include the following:
Texas businesses will have a choice of paying either a low-rate revised franchise tax or a payroll tax.
This may be a bit provacative...but instead of a fence, just use the border as a nuclear fuel waste dump...solves a couple problems.
Dewhurst would make a good Senator-—as is! A squish Pubbie-— Ted’s a fighter which we need in the Senate to shake it up some.
Dewhurst sure acts smarmy, but I wish Conservatives would stop attacking people on making money.
Make the Feds enforce the Border!
And stop forcing Texans to bear the weight of their lack of will to do THEIR job!
Idealist! What does the Fed do well? (other than the Military)
When your problem is in your back yard...you take the bull on by the horns!
He is a backroom dealer and he doesn’t look real comfortable when you ask him specific in public.
Now Ted doesn’t understand military budget cuts.
When they make 500 billions in cuts it will go this way:
The House will start out in earnest to cut waste.
Someone will say. “hey, why do we have these tank columns in the EU? WWII is over”
The the giy whi runs that wil say “Hey! don’t cit my budget! look at the airforce waste!”
The wing commander will blame the Navy for waste and the Senators will cut everybody equally across the board without regard to national Security.
That’s the dance.
That was a pretty good debate.
We can't. The Fed has us roped and tied, as they have the power and they have the responsibility for the border.
We have our troubles because they won't allow us to do the job.
Ted did great. David looked a bit on the evasive side.
I voting Ted, no question.
BTW, Ted’s response to David’s “China” attack adds was perfect.
Well, there is supposed to be an “am” in that thar second line...
Ted seems pretty unflappable, and has a solid constitutional understanding.
Thanks for letting us use your thread for the debate.
Cyall next week in the early polls.
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