There may be nine Texas Republicans running for a seat on the U.S. Senate, but former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert makes it clear that he only believes he has two opponents that matter in a new TV ad released today.
“As the only businessman in this race, I’ve created thousands of good jobs," Leppert says in the ad. "How did I do it? Well I didn’t call people like my opponents: a career politician and a lawyer.”
When asked Wednesday if he considers the other candidates a factor in the race, Leppert said, "Clearly everyone else has a right to be in this … but we’re looking at this from a strategic standpoint and decided to focus on them."
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The ad is Leppert's third in his bid to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. It will air on cable in major media markets across the state including Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin, according to his campaign.
On Friday, Leppert will join Dewhurst, Cruz and former ESPN analyst Craig James at a Belo Corp.-Dallas Morning News debate in Dallas.
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