DENTON, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry clashed over Texas job losses, state taxes and federal spending in a testy debate in Denton.
A third Republican candidate for governor, Debra Medina, joined in last night's hourlong televised debate at the University of North Texas.
-- Hutchison challenged Perry's claim that he cut business taxes.
Perry responded by saying: "Senator, I know the truth can sometimes be hard to recognize when you've been in Washington for 16 years.'
Hutchison answered: "Governor, there you go again," borrowing a famous debate phrase from the late President Ronald Reagan.
-- On the issue of abortion, Hutchison said her record is one that always comes down on the side of life. She said she voted against late-term abortions and federal funding for abortions.
Perry chided Hutchison for voting in favor of a nonbinding resolution supporting Roe v. Wade and noted she was once praised by an abortion rights group.
Medina, who's a nurse, appeared to be the only one of the trio familiar with the state's so-called futile care law, another issue important to anti-abortion groups.
The law gives families of some terminally ill patients 10 days notice before life support is cut off unless a court intervenes or the patient is moved.
Medina said she sees its real-life effects and pressed Perry on why he hadn't repealed it.