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11/1/02

Cornyn vs. Kirk: U.S. Senate Race

Two men, one U.S. Senate seat. Former Dallas mayor and Democrat Ron Kirk faces Texas Attorney General and Republican John Cornyn. Kirk was Dallas mayor for almost seven years, and he was also Texas Secretary of State when Ann Richards was governor.

Cornyn has three years under his belt as Texas Attorney General, served on the Texas Supreme Court for seven years, and was a judge for six years. Both men want to represent Texas in Washington, but it is up to you to decide which one.

An overwhelming number of Texans are struggling with high dollar costs of medication. Democratic candidate Ron Kirk says he is up the challenge to lower the cost.

"What I propose is that we take a more modest approach and we do something that the president has now embraced, and that's pass generic drug legislation that gets generic drugs to the market quicker that will save Americans under the president's plan almost $30 billion over 10 years. If we take a more aggressive approach that I have advocated, that has passed the Senate with an overwhelming majority, we can save over $60 billion. With our economy in the condition it is in, we can't afford that plan put forward by Democratic colleagues in Washington," said Kirk.

Meanwhile, Republican John Cornyn agrees with Kirk that prescription drug prices are high, but Cornyn says Kirk does not have a true plan to reduce its cost.

"Well, I support a prescription drug benefit plan under Medicare. Medicare passed in the 1960's when medicine was passed in foreign ways and medicine has changed but Medicare has not. So we need to bring it into the 21st century. Seniors have no coverage under Medicare or have no coverage for prescription drugs and have to make choices. They're faced with whether to pay their bills or whether they get the prescription drugs in order to enjoy good quality of life," said Cornyn.

So, who should you vote for: Kirk or Cornyn? Both men tell us what makes them different from one another.

"After September 11th, the public appreciates how much of homeland security, how much of education, economic development really does happen at the local level. I think there is a huge gulf in my experience in the arena as a mayor and have to turn a city around and deal with public safety as an investment versus the charge of a judge who just kind of sits in judgement. And then, secondly, the fact that I really have shown and proven as Secretary of State and mayor, that I really can work with anybody: Democrats, Republicans, different ethnic groups, and that's what it's going to take to change the tenor in Washington," said Kirk.

"I'm a conservative. I believe in limited government. I believe the initiative of people across the state. Small business owners like Phyliss, create jobs and property. My opponent is no conservative," said Cornyn.

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