LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas can do better. That was the message from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in Lubbock Wednesday as she campaigned for governor. Hutchison told voters from the South Plains how she plans to better the state at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion at Texas Tech University.
Hutchison told voters she has five top priorities, education, fiscal policy, transportation, health care, and government reform. She spoke about each issue at length, but NewsChannel 11 also wanted to know her thoughts on the controversy stirred up by hidden text in her web site.
"I am running for governor of Texas, because I know we can do better," Hutchison said. She called her opponent, Governor Rick Perry, a dedicated public servant, but says he's been in office too long.
"I will spend less, tax less, and borrow less," Hutchison said. She also says the focus of education needs to expand. "I will propose incentives for math and science teachers in middle and high school to have a degree in what they're teaching," Hutchison said.
Treva Potter of Levelland says she supports Hutchison's ideas on education. "I was very impressed. I am a teacher, and I like what she had to say about education," Potter said.
Hutchison says she also wants more local representation in the Texas Department of Transportation. "TxDOT is the most arrogant state agency in the history of Texas," Hutchison said.
Health care reform is also a priority. Hutchison does not support a government take over, and pledged to fight the current plan being discussed at our nation's capital. Potter feels the same. "I think we're being led the wrong way," Potter said.
Not addressed in her speech, problems with a Hutchison web site that led Google and Yahoo to block it for violating their policies on using hidden text. You wouldn't have seen it on the page, but in the source code, hidden phrases were found including "Rick Perry gay." "That was certainly a mistake that I never even knew was going to happen, and apparently it was an automated thing, so on one that actually was on the campaign made the decision, but the minute we heard about it, we took it right down," Hutchison said.
Hutchison says she also supports term limits for Texas governor as part of government reform. She will speak at events in Laredo, Harlingen, Corpus Christi, and Victoria on Thursday.
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Wednesday afternoon, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison laid out her plans for change at a rally in Lubbock.