While Republicans Debate – Bill White Builds Momentum Across State

 (News Release From The Bill White for Texas Campaign)

Bill White, former Houston Mayor, just got back from a great day in Corpus Christi, speaking at a Rotary Club meeting, talking with a local editorial board, and listening to voters at a meet and greet event. See below for what he said about tonight’s debate.

As a reminder, all Democratic State Senators and 66 State Representatives endorsed Bill as the best choice for our next governor. Today we also announced fundraising numbers, with more than $2.5M raised in less than a month after Bill’s announcement for governor.

From Bill:

Governor Perry claimed: “I promised I would do everything I could to make this a state where people are proud to live and I think we’ve done that.” I was proud to be a Texan before he was Governor and many of us will be more proud of our state when he’s gone. We don’t need a Governor who takes credit for all that is good about Texans. His attitude just shows that Perry has been in office too long.

I agree with Senator Hutchison that Texas future is at risk because we are failing to educate so many Texans. Dropout rates are among the highest in the nation and college tuition has been skyrocketing. Education is the biggest job of state government and the largest part of the state’s budget. Education is an engine of economic growth and opportunity. How we invest in kids now will determine our economic future. And yet, in a one hour debate, Governor Perry never accepted accountability for the failures of public education or described how we could improve it and bring down skyrocketing college tuition rates. Our state deserves better than that.

Much of the debate consisted of complaints about the federal government, rather than solutions for Texas. I agree with some comments about federal intrusion, but under the Constitution the Governor of Texas does not control the federal government. Under Governor Perry, the State of Texas has time and time again imposed mandates cities and counties, and as Governor that is something I’d stop.

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