Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst took advantage of early voting Wednesday morning. The duo cast their ballots at a West Austin polling location.

They also stopped to talk to reporters and members of the community, mostly about the upcoming U.S. Senate race in which Dewhurst is the frontrunner.

The lieutenant governor touted his conservative record just seconds after casting his vote, separating himself from the crowded Republican pack running against him.

“We’re running for the United States Senate seat to represent the people of Texas as a strong conservative, to fight for them in Washington, and it seems like all the others are running against David Dewhurst,” Dewhurst said.

Just last week, the conservative Tea Party activist group, Club for Growth, announced its plans to spend more than $1 million on anti-Dewhurst ads. The group supports former solicitor general, Ted Cruz.

Gov. Perry stole the spotlight outside the polling location, sharing his thoughts on the presidential race he dropped out of four months ago.

“He [President Obama] is mortgaging this country’s future everyday with his spending,” Gov. Perry said. “For me, that’s what it gets down to — if you are not able to have a job, if you’re not able to take care of your family. And that’s one thing Mitt [Romney] will bring to the table. Not only his private sector experience, but also he understands the government is not the answer to everything.”

The governor also reflected on the recent rumors surrounding University of Texas President Bill Powers’ job after Powers publicly expressed his disappointment in Perry’s call for a tuition freeze.

“When Barack Obama and myself, David Dewhurst, Francisco Cigarroa and Chairman [Dan] Branch are all for not raising tuition, and you’re on the other side of that, you may be on the wrong side of that issue,” Gov. Perry said.

Asked if he would accept a cabinet position in a Romney administration, the governor simply answered, “I have a job.”