Very little mudslinging, a good bit of humor, and plenty of respect for physicians marked the first forum for all six prospective candidates for the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Texas. Hosted by the Texas Medical Association’s political action committee, TEXPAC, and moderated by former Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff, the forum gave the four men and two women the chance to share their views on health system reform, Washington politics, and other key issues. The race will be to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is expected to resign soon to campaign full-time for governor. All six candidates who have filed campaign committees with the Federal Election Commission participated in the event.
- WHAT: 2010 U.S. Senate candidates’ forum
- WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, 7 pm
- WHERE: Westin Stonebriar Hotel, 1549 Legacy Dr., Frisco, Texas
Each candidate was asked to present his or her qualifications and positions on health care reform and other key federal issues of interest to Texas voters. The six candidates who participated were:
- Texas Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones
- State Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano)
- Former Texas Comptroller John Sharp
- Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams
- Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams
- Houston Mayor Bill White
TEXPAC speaks on behalf of more than 44,000 Texas physicians and medical students, and nearly 8,000 alliance members. Organized in 1962, TEXPAC is one of the oldest political action committees in Texas. TEXPAC also is one of the largest bipartisan PACs in the state and ranks first in size among other state medical association PACs.
Go to the link for video in thirteen short segments of the entire forum. Part 13 (at the top) picks up with some jokes by John Sharp.