David Dewhurst Signs Coalition to Reduce Spending's Pledge to "Reject the Debt"

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Texas Senate candidate joins fellow senate candidate Ted Cruz and House candidates Wes Riddle (TX-25) and Jessica Puente Bradshaw (TX-34) in pledging to “never vote for an unbalanced budget.”

The Texas Senate race has become a bellwether in ushering in a new era of fiscal responsibility

Amid campaigning before a pivotal July 31 runoff, Texas Senate candidates David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz have signed the "Reject the Debt" spending pledge put out by the nonpartisan Coalition to Reduce Spending.

David Dewhurst released the following statement to coincide with his signature:

“Washington is driving this country into bankruptcy …. and we are putting the American Dream at risk. We need to balance our budget, slash spending and put all programs on the table in order to get our fiscal house in order, just like we’ve done in Texas. As a result of our state’s commitment to conservative principles, Texas has created the best business climate in America. I want to take that successful model to Washington.”

David Dewhurst joins Ted Cruz in his commitment to spending reduction. Wes Riddle, candidate for Congress in Texas’s 25th congressional district, and Jessica Puente Bradshaw, candidate in Texas’s 34th district, who are also facing runoff elections, have signed the spending pledge as well.

Regarding his commitment to the ‘Reject the Debt’ pledge and balanced budgets, Ted Cruz stated:

“America’s debt is the single greatest threat to our nation’s long term security. Right now, we’re on the same road that Greece is on, but there are countries that can bail out Greece. There is no one who can bail out America. I emphatically support a Balanced Budget Amendment, have publicly fought for it, and in the Senate will do everything humanly possible to help pass it.“

Jonathan Bydlak, head of the Coalition to Reduce Spending and former Director of Fundraising for Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, offered the following comment:

“The Texas Senate race has become a bellwether in ushering in a new era of fiscal responsibility, and the Coalition to Reduce Spending is leading the way in crafting this new paradigm. Dewhurst, Cruz, Riddle, and Bradshaw are taking the lead nationally with their commitment to cut spending in order to balance the budget.”

Corie Whalen, a Houston based Political Consultant and member of the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s Board of Directors said:

“It’s heartening to see Texas candidates, particularly in a race as crucial as our Republican US Senate runoff, leading in an effort to truly reform Washington. Too few politicians currently in DC are willing to address reducing the size of a federal government that has grown too large for Texans.”

The ‘Reject the Debt’ pledge, the signature program of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, secures three commitments from candidates:

(1) to vote only for balanced budgets; (2) to vote only for new spending programs whose costs are offset elsewhere in the budget; and (3) to not vote to increase federal borrowing. The full text of the pledge can be read at: http://www.ReduceSpending.org/Reject-the-Debt.

The Coalition to Reduce Spending is the only national organization to advocate exclusively for reduced federal spending to balance the budget and is led by a team of professionals in their mid to late-20s who are concerned about how the rising federal debt will affect their future.

More information about the Coalition to Reduce Spending and the Reject the Debt spending pledge can be found online at http://www.ReduceSpending.org.

About the Coalition to Reduce Spending: The Coalition is the only national organization to advocate exclusively for reducing federal spending to balance the budget. We believe that our country’s national debt is the challenge of our generation, and that we must reduce government spending to make future prosperity possible.

About Reject the Debt: The Reject the Debt pledge asks candidates for public office to go on the record with a commitment to reduce federal spending. The Coalition to Reduce Spending believes it is important that elected officials promise to never vote for unbalanced budgets or unnecessary increases in off-budget spending.

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