Texas GOP gov. candidates clash over taxes, jobs

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Associated Press

Posted on January 15, 2010 at 8:05 AM

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.

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-- 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Medina said she sees its real-life effects and pressed Perry on why he hadn't repealed it.

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