Gubernatorial candidates square off in debate

By Christel Phillips - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) –  The first debate for the Republican Gubernatorial Primary, Thursday night. Governor Rick Perry, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Debra Medina sparred over their differences...with hopes of a spot on the republican ticket.

The talk was job losses and big government. The candidates didn't waste any time laying blame.

The first question directed at the candidates was to name a federal program that they liked or didn't  like. Hutchison and Perry argued over highway funding–are we getting back 76 cents per each dollar, Perry says 70 cents.

Medina liked military but says the federal gov't is not doing a good job running the military. She would nullify the EPA and Health care.

Senator Hutchison made it clear about that its time for some change in Texas. "I have run a business, made a payroll, best experience I have had. Governor decided to take stimulus money and spent $4B in recurring expenses and that is going to have to be made up. Start the cuts now, don't wait until the biennium starts. Why couldn't we consolidate 45 health care industries. TxDOT lost $1 billion in an accounting error," said Hutchison.

Before the end of the night Governor Rick Perry made it clear, that he was frustrated with his opponents saying, "It really wear me on that we got two people on this stage here that want to tear Texas down, when the fact is everybody understands this is the state you want to live in."

Neither candidate wouldn't end the night without telling Texans whey why they are best candidate to run Texas.

Even though the three might have different on the how to run Texas one thing they all had in common in tonight, they're all hoping tonight's debate will sway voters to check their name on the ballot, come march primary.

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