Plotting Strategy to Unseat the Incumbent

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White says GOP opponent Rick Perry has honed his tactics of diverting attention from his own poor job performance as governor. The day after he beat six primary opponents to win the party's nomination, White told reporters in Houston that it's time for change in Austin. Pat Hernandez has more.

Realizing that his job won't be easy, Bill White says he'll have to do the same things he did when he ran for mayor of Houston, but on a state-wide level: going to the grass roots and taking questions to get the message out.

"It is sort of a David vs Goliath. I mean, I'm running against somebody who's a professional politician, who's been running statewide for nineteen years, and he's master of all the tricks. Just like in the mayor's race, there's no doubt that I start out an underdog."

He says Governor Perry is good at manipulating emotions in order to distract from what White calls his self-serving record.

"We have some difficulties facing us in the economy of Texas, and I won't sugar-coat it like Governor Perry does. I think people want that kind of straight talk. And, what we need to do is we need to prepare ourselves so that Texas gets more than our fair share of good jobs coming out of this global recession."

White says he will capitalize on his reputation of public sector leadership, building coalitions, crossing party lines and getting things done.

"Part of the base that I have is people just wanting somebody who's more of an outsider, who had a business career who'll shoot straight, as opposed to people who are entrenched politicians."

White doesn't think Perry's final vote tally of 52-percent in his own primary and as incumbent governor...is a winning formula.

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Pat Hernandez

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...