May 8th - 1:38 pm
Updated to include Dewhurst statement.
Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul has endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his GOP primary runoff re-election bid. Dewhurst faces State Sen. Dan Patrick, who came in first in the four-candidate field back in March.
According to a story by Brietbart Texas, Paul’s support of Dewhurst comes following Thursday’s endorsement of Dewhurst by former lieutenant governor candidate, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.
Paul, a former presidential candidate with a huge following from both Tea Party faithful and Libertarians, had endorsed Patterson during the primary. Patterson ended in fourth place in the initial field of candidates that also included Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, who came in third. Staples has said he will not endorse anyone in the runoff.
Dewhurst released this statement in response to Paul’s endorsement:
“I am humbled to earn the support of a straight-talking Texan like Ron Paul. As well as anyone, he shares my deep and abiding concern that an out-of-control federal government is one of the greatest threats to individual liberties in our time. That concern has driven my successful efforts to stop the expansion of Medicaid, keep Texas out of the Obamacare exchanges and secure funding to secure the Texas border in the face of Washington’s abject failure. As his supporters get a closer look at my track record of cutting taxes, limiting spending and keeping government out of people’s way. I look forward celebrating a victory with them after the runoff vote on May 27th and again in November.”
Jan 8th - 12:00 pm
Jerry Patterson, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is boasting an endorsement from former Rep. Ron Paul today. Paul, who also ran for president in 2012, retired from the U.S. House of Representatives last year. Paul served several terms in Congress over the last few decades and has earned a reputation as a staunch conservative and self-proclaimed “defender of liberty.”
In a statement, Paul said:
“Jerry has served Texas well as Land Commissioner. I am now proud to endorse his campaign for Lieutenant Governor. I know Jerry will fight for limited government and more personal liberties. We have a federal government that is out of control, spends too much, borrows too much, taxes too much and continues to infringe on the constitution and states’ rights. This current administration has even gone so far as to sue states they disagree with. We need people in state governments that are willing to stand up to the federal government and say, ‘Enough is Enough.'”
Patterson said he’s honored to receive Dr. Paul’s endorsement. “We are both well-known for never compromising core values and for sticking to our principles in the pursuit of liberty,” he said. “For over 30 years, I have known and talked with Dr. Paul about our shared belief that our country needs a dramatic reduction in the size of government and a return to constitutional principles and I am very grateful for his support.”
Patterson will face Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Sen. Dan Patrick and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples in the March GOP primary. The winner will likely face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in November’s general election.
Jan 2nd - 12:00 pm
Texas was front and center during last year’s search for a GOP presidential candidate. Both Governor Rick Perry and longtime Congressman Ron Paul threw their hats into the ring, and while neither won the nod, they each left their stamp on national politics.
The possibility of Rick Perry for president came to a crushing halt at the beginning of 2012. After a series of debate mishaps, and poor performances in primaries and caucuses, Perry called it quits on the national scale. “So I will leave the trail and return home to Texas, wind down my 2012 campaign, and I will do so with pride, knowing I gave fully of myself of a cause worthy of this country,” Rick Perry said from South Carolina.
After taking some time to regroup, Perry was back on the campaign trail, this time helping his former rival Mitt Romney, and doing what he could to help Lt. Governor David Dewhurst win a Republican primary battle against Tea Party darling Ted Cruz. Both Romney and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst lost their respective elections.
But for many fans of the Libertarian-leaning Dr. Ron Paul, 2012 still seemed like the year a Texan would once again lead the nation.
“There’s a big fight going on, and we’re involved in it,” Dr. Ron Paul said. “But everybody else, a bunch of them, are joining us and saying you’ve gone too far, the Ron Paul people were right about overstepping their bounds.”
Even as all the other Republican candidates began to bow out—leaving room for Romney to accept the party’s nomination—Congressman Ron Paul pressed on…
But in the end, it wasn’t Perry or Paul’s year—or Mitt Romney’s for that matter—to move into the White House.
With 2012 now in the history books, the speculation over whether a Texan, Rick Perry or otherwise, will take over in 2016 begins to grow.
Click here to watch our 2012: Year in Review edition of Capital Tonight.
Aug 29th - 3:17 am
Tuesday marked the end of the first official day of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
In day two, expect to see another packed schedule. For Texas delegates, the day starts in Wesley Chapel, Fla. at the Saddlebrook resort. They will hear from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Comptroller Susan Combs and George P. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
Delegates are expected to arrive at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 5 p.m. Central time Wednesday where they will start the day with a video tribute to Ron Paul as he completes his final term in Washington.
Paul’s son, Rand will also speak along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan.
Tune in for a special edition of Capital Tonight at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., where you can catch our one-on-one interview with Governor Rick Perry.