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Pundits: White should fight, but Perry should hide


The following was published by The San Antonio Express News on October 24, 2010. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story.

October 26, 2010

By Peggy Fikac

AUSTIN – With the finish line in sight, everyone’s got an idea about what GOP Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic challenger Bill White should have done with their races.
But let’s look ahead. With a week to go, what should White do to muster a come-from-behind victory? And what should Perry do to stay ahead? I asked three political experts for their best three bits of advice for each. Here are excerpts (I took the liberty of numbering them):

SMU political scientist Cal Jillson

For White: "1. Keep pounding hard on (Perry) being too close to the lobby and to his contributors, and have the Texas Emerging Technology Fund be exhibit A. 2. Work the theme that Perry has been governor too long, and you see that in an arrogance and sense of entitlement – that he doesn’t have to debate, doesn’t have to talk to editorial boards, doesn’t have to talk to Texans. 3. Hunt where the ducks are. Hit the urban areas and the Valley just as hard as you can."

For Perry: "1. Go to Ardmore, find a cheap room and just hide out. 2. Avoid the press 3. Keep working your Twitter hard."

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