Lt. Gov. hopefuls tout pro-business credentials

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AUSTIN, Texas - They haven't yet agreed to even one debate, but the two state senators vying to be Texas' next lieutenant governor have at least appeared at the same event.

Democratic Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio spoke at Thursday's annual conference of the Texas Association of Broadcasters in Austin. Her Republican opponent, Sen. Dan Patrick, a tea party favorite from Houston, spoke a short time later.

Both said they were pro-business enough to keep Texas' economy humming.

Van de Putte recently unveiled her plan to overhaul public education. She wants to replace the five standardized exams currently required to graduate high school with a single diagnostic assessment of college readiness.

Patrick has pushed a hard-line immigration stance, calling for securing the Texas-Mexico border above all else.

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