Clinton Touts Energy and Space Program in Houston Stop

With less than a week before primary day in Texas, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is looking for last minute support. The New York Senator stopped in Houston last night to look for votes and talked about two issues near and dear to Texans, the space program and energy. Houston Public Radio's Jack Williams reports.

Having already spent most of Thursday campaigning in Ohio, Clinton swooped into Houston to speak at an energy summit. She told an audience of energy leaders and supporters that Texas must step forward in the search for renewable energy. 

"Just as Texas led the energy revolution of the 20th century, Texans can lead the energy revolution of the 21st century. It is time for the oil companies to become energy companies and it is time for America to lead the world in clean, renewable energy."

Clinton called for an end to tax breaks for oil companies. She says the money should instead be used to encourage the development of alternative energy sources. She also promised to close the gap between when the Space Shuttle program ends and the next generation of space vehicles begin.

"There will be a five year gap between the retirement of the Space Shuttles and the deployment of their replacements. I think that's a mistake and I would speed the development of the next generation of vehicles for human space flight. I don't think that we can afford to take a time-out."

Acknowledging Texas is a must-win state, Clinton will spend the day at campaign stops in Waco and San Antonio. Supporter Susan Tinsley says even though Clinton is down in the polls, the primary race isn't over yet.

"It doesn't look good, but this is a very long time until the actual convention which really does select a candidate. That's in August. I think that this idea of super delegates is a super idea. I think that's exactly the way it should be."

This morning, Clinton is expected to attend the funeral of a motorcycle policeman who was killed in Dallas last week. The officer was escorting Clinton's motorcade to a campaign stop.

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...