On Saturday, Liberty Institute participated in the Tour of Texas Senate Candidate Forum in Austin. Our own Jonathan Saenz was 1 of 3 panelists asking questions to the candidates and we were able to provide our free Texas Legislative Guides to all in attendence (download the guide at http://legislativeguide.libertyinstitute.org/). The event was held at the Capitol in the extension auditorium and was packed with conservative activists, tea party supporters, 9-12 groups, and others who where very interested in learning about the candidates. While all candidates of both parties where invited, only Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Tom Leppert, Glenn Addison, and Lela Pitttenger participated in the event. Newly announced candidate, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, did not attend the event which clearly upset some of the grassroots activists in attendance.
The panelists did a great job of delivering hard hitting questions that the audience was cleary interested in hearing the candidates’ responses to. Questions hit on key topics of free markets, limited government, the Constitution, social conservative values, immigration, and more. All the candidates performed well as evidenced by the standing ovation the candidates received at the end of the forum. Check out some pictures from the forum:
After each Forum, a straw poll of the attendees has been conducted. In a surprise, Glenn Addison lead the Austin poll with 50% support, followed by Ted Cruz in 2nd place at 33%, Lela Pittenger with 12%, and Tom Leppert with 5%. In the previous 2 forums in Houston and San Antonio, Ted Cruz had lead the staw poll. With 2012 less than a year and a half away and the primaries closer than that, we encourage everyone to continue to be engaged in the political process, paying close attention to the candidates that are jumping into races and incumbents looking for reelection. These candidates forums are a great way to get to know the candidates running for U.S. Senate and we encourage you to attend one in your area.
Here are the dates for the remaining forums:
Waco – August 13
Plano – October 1
Tyler – October 15
For more details and to register, visit New Revolution Now’s website here.