Bill White's Speech at the Texas Democratic Party Convention: Rick Perry Is In It For Himself

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Today is Day 63 of Rick Perry refusing to debate Bill White. 

When Bill White left the stage at the Texas Democratic Party convention last Friday night to thunderous applause, the momentum in the race shifted. Bob Moser of the Texas Observer — who has been critical of White's message at times during the race — wrote the following lead to his excellent, must-read evaluation of the speech, “Democratic Convention: Bill White Delivers (Oooh-La-La!”

It’s fair to say that Bill White gave the speech of his life in accepting the Democratic nomination in Corpus Christi on Friday night. Now, ye cynics might say that’s not the highest standard in the annals of political rhetoric—and you’d be right. But, hand to God, it was a fine piece of oratory—and one that suited the moment to a T, drawing a razor-sharp contrast between White and incumbent Gov. Rick Perry. And while it was not delivered with preacherly fury or Obamaesque eloquence, it was the right kind of speech for White to inhabit comfortably: a little funny, a little sarcastic, a little uplifting, and appropriately plainspoken.

Watch the speech below. We'll have much, much more on the fantastic weekend in Corpus Christi in the days ahead:


About Author

Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.


  1. What we see is what we will get
    I've seen Bill White, when mayor, speak at small gatherings in Houston.  When he speaks Bill White is 100% Bill White.  He means what he says and he does what he says he will do.

    It is as simple and as bold as that.

    Unlike Rick Perry, Bill White does not need a coterie of PR handlers, script writers and ventriloquists.  

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