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David Dewhurst's campaign ad, "Mother of All Debt," criticized Dan Patrick for his past bankruptcy. This debuted April 16, 2014.

Mr. ‘Goeb,’ meet Mr. Dewhurst

David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick blast away about a name change and campaign debts. The Truth-O-Meter engages.

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"David Dewhurst currently owes more than $1 million to vendors for services provided to his 2012 U.S. Senate campaign."

Dan Patrick "changed his name from Danny Goeb to hide from" his "debts."

"Eighty percent of Wall Street executives and their spouses' donations go to Democrats."

Every one of "more than 30 federal judges who have considered the issue of gay and lesbian rights since last June… ruled that marriage is a constitutional right and you cannot deprive individual citizens of that right based on their sexual orientation."

More "25- to 34-year-olds are moving to Austin than any other city in America."

During Lyndon B. Johnson’s first 20 years in Congress, "he opposed every civil rights measure that came up for a vote."

Says he was the only statewide elected official to speak in favor of a federal guest worker plan at the 2012 Republican Party of Texas convention.

"Greg Abbott said it would be a ‘waste’ to expand pre-k to all Texas children."

"When people enter the service, there’s not a mental health evaluation."

"Glenn Hegar promised to eliminate the property tax."

David Alameel "is giving thousands of dollars to support the Republican Party candidates" including John Cornyn and Greg Abbott.

The National Science Foundation awarded $700,000 to fund a climate change musical.

The Austin Independent School District’s graduation rate reached an all-time high of 82.5 percent in 2012.

The NCAA will "get billions" from the men’s basketball tournament. "Players get a trophy."

"Ralph Hall has never voted to raise the debt ceiling."

"Kesha Rogers is not a Democrat."

On HealthCare.Gov, Texan Mark Sullivan "found a good" health insurance "plan that includes dental, for less than $80 a month."

Says Stefani Carter "repeatedly used her campaign contributors’ donations to rent margarita machines for our state house office."

"Ted Cruz has been to Iowa four times. Rio Grande Valley of Texas -- just once."

Says Ralph Hall is "the oldest member in Congress ever."

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