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San Antonio Express-News Endorses Paul Sadler for Senate


by: Ben Sherman

Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM CDT


The San Antonio Express-News, the city's largest newspaper, has endorsed Paul Sadler for Senate. Here's their endorsement, with the best points in bold.

Paul Sadler is the right choice for Texas

Former state Rep. Paul Sadler is unequivocally the right choice on the Nov. 6 ballot to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.

Sadler has a strong record as an effective legislator who understands the need to work with both sides of the aisle.

The Democrat is best known for his impressive work teaming up with former Republican state Sen. Bill Ratliff to rewrite the state's education code in 1995 in a bipartisan effort.

A legislator for six terms from 1991-2003, Sadler rose in the Texas House to be chairman of the House Public Education Committee and was named one of Texas Monthly's 10 best legislators four times.

Sadler is a pragmatic problem-solver, who advocates a balanced approach to ending the national deficit and comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants, a work visa program and the DREAM Act.

Republican nominee Ted Cruz, a tea party favorite and a former state solicitor general, is touting troubling policy proposals that would not serve the state well.

Cruz voiced support for building a wall along the Texas-Mexico border and opposition to any citizenship plan for illegal immigrants, unrealistic policies that would be harmful to the Texas and national economy.

Cruz also is advocating the abolishment of the Department of Education, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy and the Internal Revenue Service.

The federal government undoubtedly is bloated and spending cuts are essential, but Cruz's proposed remedies are too extreme.

Despite the fact that Democrats have not won a statewide race in Texas since 1994, the party's nominee is a strong, able candidate.

Texans would be well served by sending Sadler to Washington. Sadler is a serious candidate who is prepared to address the serious problems facing our nation in a sober, clear-headed fashion.

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