Sadler: Don’t Automatically Assume That Cruz Is Going To Win In November

The Democrat in the race for U.S. Senate says it's way too early to write him off in a head-to-head matchup against Republican Ted Cruz. Paul Sadler easily defeated Grady Yarbrough in last night's primary runoff. Sadler hopes his moderate message, and grassroots fundraising, will help buck recent history for Democrats in Texas.


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Sadler says it feels great to win the Democratic nomination for Senate. But he also feels some media outlets are coming to premature conclusions based on the fact that a Democrat has not won a statewide race in nearly 20 years.

“There was a headline in the Dallas Morning News that said Cruz should go ahead and shift from campaigning to governing.  This is far from over.  I do not believe, in the signals I’m getting from around the state this morning, that the people of Texas do not believe that we need to be the state of Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz.”

Sadler says the Cruz campaign hasn’t yet responded to the challenge he issued last night for a debate.  But he is eager to face off against the former solicitor general on a number of issues.

“There are huge policy differences on everything from Social Security, Medicare, national debt, the deficit, creation of jobs, healthcare, the DREAM Act.  It’s a completely different agenda.  And it is more mainstream than what we’ve been hearing from Mr. Cruz and Mr. Dewhurst.”

Cruz’s campaign is getting support from at least four different SuperPACS.  Sadler says he’s not involved with any political action committees.  Instead, he has issued a call for one million people to contribute $10 each.  If he is able to raise, and spend, that kind of money, it would be about seven times the amount he spent to win the Democratic nomination.

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