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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

U.S. SENATE CANDIDATES KEEP THE GLOVES ON AT TEXPAC FORUM

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 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 told the packed audience at the TMA/TEXPAC/specialty society legislative retreat in Frisco that Congress ought to heed the advice of physicians on health system reform. The six candidates are 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, and Houston Mayor Bill White. Couldn’t be there? You can watch video of the entire event online.

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