Statements from the Texas: 2010 Governor's race

After Hurricane Katrina, "Dallas and San Antonio took in 5,000 to 10,000 refugees each, but (Bill) White brought in 250,000 and put them up in his 'buddies' empty apartment buildings and let the federal government pay their rents for over two years. They did not return to New Orleans, most of them are on welfare."

Says Rick Perry is a 25-year incumbent.

Says most of Perry's chiefs of staff have been lobbyists.

Gov. Rick Perry "has overseen the highest Texas unemployment in 22 years."

Says Bill White is refusing to debate.

Says Rick Perry's proposal on driver licenses and high school dropouts has been state law since 1989.

"The state budget has gone up over 80 percent under Rick Perry."

Says Bill White "profiteered in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita."

Because of violence spreading from Mexico, "you’ve got bullets hitting the city hall in El Paso. You’ve got bombs exploding in El Paso."

Says Bill White's program to bring dropouts back to school was "so successful that almost every city in our state has replicated" it.

"We have more kids take the SAT than any other state in the nation. I mean a high percentage of our kids take the SAT."

"We don't get a lot of calls from this White House… I have, frankly, never had a call from them."

"Rick Perry accepted more stimulus funds than any other governor except the governors of California and New York."

“In Rick Perry’s Texas, we import nurses ... from other countries.”

Says Gov. Rick Perry is “by far and away the highest-paid state employee on an hourly basis.”

"In Rick Perry's Texas, the governor threatens to leave, to secede from the greatest country in the" world.

Gov. Rick Perry broke his promise that he would not accept a $40,000 pay increase.

“The Republican Party lost 1.1 million registered voters since 2008. The Democratic Party lost 1.2 million registered voters… (while) voter registration in the Libertarian Party rose 8 percent.”

Since 2000, "the Texas clean air program achieved a 22 percent reduction in ozone and a 46 percent decrease in NOx emissions."

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