Lt. Gov. says he will 'fix' Washington
Senate candidate offers to debate opponent in Spanish
SAN ANTONIO - He is considered the favorite in the Republican Senate race, but Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst still has some work to do.
Targeted by the Tea Party and labeled a moderate by his opponent, Ted Cruz—a bad word among some.
"I'm a doer, my opponent's a talker," Dewhurst told KSAT 12 News via satellite. "I've helped create the strongest economy in the country and I want to take the knowledge I have to Washington, because Washington's broken, and fix it."
Dewhurst has been the lieutenant governor for nine years, but his run for Senate has largely been about defining who he is. His ads paint the portrait of a family man, a conservative and a Texan. His opponents, however, call him a career politician, an empty suit and a moderate.
"I think they're using the word 'moderate' in terms of, that I'm not going to try and fight to reduce spending, cut taxes and balance budgets," Dewhurst said. "That's, that's ludicrous."
Now that his opponents have been whittled down to one, Dewhurst says who sets him and Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz apart is their ability to solve problems.
"I know how to solve problems, I've done all the things Mr. Cruz keeps talking about wanting to do," Dewhurst said.
Dewhurst was in the Air Force, has been a businessman and a rancher. He was also in the CIA. After spending time in Bolivia, he became fluent in Spanish, so fluent he said he wouldn't mind holding one of the upcoming debates in Spanish.
"I speak Spanish. If Mr. Cruz is willing to do that, I'm on board. If not, we're going to debate him. At the same time English is, I believe English is the official language of this country," Dewhurst said.
KSAT 12 News has offered Cruz an interview opportunity as well and is expected to talk to him sometime next week.
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