Debra Medina Confident After Debate
January 14, 2010




Debra Medina victorious in first Gubernatorial debate

DALLAS, TX, Thursday, January 14, 2010 – Tonight, Debra Medina not only made big hits in the Republican gubernatorial debate but she scored a homerun for the citizens of Texas. For the first time in 20 years, We Texans had the opportunity to take part in a heavily contested open primary.
“In an all out war of words, Debra Medina championed We Texans on stage,” said Penny Langford Freeman, Medina campaign manager.  “It’s been decades since We Texans had the opportunity to vote for a true Texas patriot. Debra Medina did an outstanding job in her first, ever statewide debate. She replied with solid answers to the hard-pressed issues facing Texans.”
Clearly differentiating herself from Rick Perry’s decade long reign and Kay Bailey Hutchison’s 15 years in the senate, Debra Medina demonstrated she has the knowledge, leadership and common sense to represent everyday Texans from the governor’s mansion. Debra Medina is not the aristocratic candidate that Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison represent.
Debra Medina scored big points with voters. She showed Texans that she answers the tough questions facing Texans without giving lip service. She showed she represents the average Texan.
As the March 2nd primary draws near, Texans are now realizing that the expansion of big government is not only intrusive but it’s draining our state and individual sovereignty. It’s time We Texans take back Texas and restore liberty and freedom to all who live in the Lone Star state!  We Texans deserve a governor

Democrat Farouk Shami Reacts To Republican Debate
January 14, 2010



January 14, 2010

Statement from Farouk Shami’s Campaign on Tonight’s GOP Debate

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Farouk Shami says it’s time to end politics as usual and bring about real change in Texas.

HOUSTON-Responding to tonight’s debate between Governor Rick Perry, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Debra Medina, Farouk Shami’s campaign says that the debate was “a childish squabbling match to see who can be the most far right reactionary candidate.”

Despite the argumentative nature of the debate with regard to Perry and Hutchison’s voting records and prior communication, it appears that the three Republican candidates agree on most issues. For instance, all three candidates endorsed the same failed border policy, which has proven to be an unmitigated disaster. What we need is a candidate with a new approach that embraces an economic partnership with Mexico while cracking down on drug trafficking and gang violence.

Farouk Shami has stated previously, “things in Texas are heading in the wrong direction. The cost of health care and health insurance are out of control, the quality of basic public education is falling, and our air, land and water are under constant threat from polluters. We simply can’t settle for more business as usual.” Tonight’s debate was more business as usual.

What really matters to the average Texan is the state’s economy, whether or not they will have a job next month or next year, where their mortgage payment will come from, or what they’re going to do when their unemployment benefits run out. Some 800,000 Texans are currently unemployed. We heard from one of them tonight during the debate. Farouk Shami has pledged to bring 100,000 new jobs to the state of Texas during his first two years of office, and he’s backing up that pledge with 10 million dollars of his own money. Tonight, none of the Republicans offered a real solution to our record unemployment.

“After tonight’s debate, I now feel that it is more important than ever for the other Democratic candidates for Governor to have the opportunity for meaningful dialogue,” says Shami. “I hope Bill White will rethink his decision to not debate the other candidates in a public forum.” 

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