Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst made it clear Monday night that he doesn’t want to be blamed for the rise of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who hopes to be the state’s next Democratic governor.
At a debate hosted by KERA News, the conservative leader was questioned over how he handled the filibuster against an anti-abortion bill that launched Davis into national prominence.
“I have shown repeatedly over the years that I am a strong conservative leader,” he said. “If I weren’t a strong conservative leader our economy would look more like California’s. Quite frankly, Barack Obama and the Democrats created Wendy Davis. As Senator Patrick knows, he was in the room, I brought all the Republican senators together and none of them wanted to give up the filibuster right, so we went out there, marched out there, to break the filibuster.”
“The bottom line is results,” Dewhurst added. “I’m a career businessman. When you look at the results: protecting women’s health and the life of the unborn, one. Wendy Davis, zero. Wendy Davis is going to go down faster than she went up when Greg Abbott beats her in November.”
Dewhurst also addressed criticism over his call to a police station to get a family member out of jail.
“What kind of man wouldn’t call when your family calls you late at night?” he remarked. “What kind of man wouldn’t inquire about how you post bond? I wouldn’t like that type of man that wouldn’t make a call for your family and wouldn’t make a call for the people of Texas.”
Watch video, broadcast by KERA News, below.