With the upcoming debate between four of the leading Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate nomination, the stakes are high for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Ted Cruz, Tom Leppert and Craig James.
The primary was delayed because of a redistricting court fight, and the candidates are ready to ramp up the campaign as voters tune in to learn more about them.
But, in perhaps a preemptive strike, Texas Democrats held a brief news conference outside the debate Friday, criticizing what they expect to hear.
"The Republicans are all saying let's go to Washington and slash and burn the budget there and they're talking about attacking education and health care when the real problem with the budget is we started two wars and reduced taxes at the same time," Rep. Lon Burnam, (D) Fort Worth. "That's fiscally irresponsible. So, we're carrying the burden of the Bush administration and they're talking about slash and burn on education and health care. It's ridiculous."
The winner of the Republican Senate primary will face one of the four Democrats running in their primary in November to take the seat being vacated by the retirement of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.