'Anybody but Perry' attitude expressed by two out of every three Texas voters
Oct 26, 2006
Keith Elkins Reporting
(CBS 42) AUSTIN
It's just 12 days until election day and candidates for Texas governor are working hard for your vote.
Thursday Governor Rick Perry stumped for Central Texas votes.
CBS 42 political reporter Keith Elkins has a day in the life look at his campaign.
As many know, Rick Perry is one of the most polished and experienced candidates in this race, but with four opponents nipping at his heels he is not taking anything for granted.
Although, the only opponent he mentioned all day long was Houston Democrat Chris Bell.
Rolling into town with his 'Proud of Texas' re-election campaign Governor Rick Perry discovered not everyone is proud of him--especially his plans to build toll roads across their land.
"I don't think the governor cares one way or the other but perhaps people watching this will perk up their ears a bit and say, 'hmmm maybe he's not the best man for the job after all," Bastrop voter Jeremiah Davis said. "I don't know who the best man is running, but I think I'll vote for Chris Bell."
It's an "anybody but Perry" attitude being expressed by two out of every three Texas voters.
Making tough choices, according to Perry, doesn't always mean making new friends.
"It doesn't surprise me, but the fact is most Texans understand we have to have a vision for the future, we have to build the infrastructure, we have to deal with the environmental issues of our air and doing nothing is absolutely not an acceptable position," Perry said.
From Bastrop the campaign headed southwest, delivering an identical message to Caldwell County Republicans.
"Are you ready to go on the path of progress and continue going forward, or do you want to go the other way?" Perry asked. "We're going forward. If you'll go work hard for the next 12 days, hang those signs up and make those calls, take those people to the polls and get them there, we'll win this election in a big and powerful way."
Then on to Seguin and more toll road protestors, with some saying they're no longer voting Republican.
"He has forgot us and he needs to know what Texas is about and if he knew what Texas is about he wouldn't be splitting it in half," Wilson County voter Melvin Krahn said.
There was a warmer reception from a younger crowd.
"I feel strongly on the way he's taking Texas and I may actually, I probably will vote for Perry this election," senior high school student Kandi Knippa said.
And without a runoff where every vote counts, Perry is not taking any chances.
If Governor Perry is re-elected and serves a full second term, he will become the longest serving governor in Texas history.
Throughout this campaign, Perry has consistently polled in the low to mid-30s, which means he could be re-elected with about a third of the voters approval.
He never mentioned Independent candidates Carole Strayhorn or Kinky Friedman or Libertarian James Werner, trying to leave the impression voters can either vote for Bell, who he calls the Washington liberal, or for himself and a record of what he calls proven conservative results.
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