FORT WORTH – George P. Bush, the GOP nominee for Texas land commissioner and icon of a new political generation in the party, extolled a cheering crowd at the Republican state convention on Thursday to resist Washington’s attempts to limit personal freedoms and continue reaching for new Lone Star successes.
“Texas works. Washington, D.C. does not,” he said, continuing a theme of federal-government bashing that repeatedly brought the nearly 11,000 delegates to their feet with applause in the opening session of the biennial gathering. “As great as Texas is today, we can do even better.”
Billed in opening credits as part of the GOP’s “new generation” and “a bold new voice” for the conservative majority party in Texas, Bush – the 38-year-old son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush – the younger Bush followed a stem-winder speech by Gov. Rick Perry with remarks that were more tempered in their presentation.
Nonetheless, delegates interrupted his speech several times with applause and cheered “Yes, we can” repeatedly as Bush asked whether Texas Republicans are up to the challenge to continue the state’s friendly business climate, its strong energy industry and its can-do spirit that has made it a model for other states in job growth and standard-bearer for supporting personal freedoms.
A resident of Fort Worth, as is Democrat gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, Bush told the crowd to cheers: “We are one day closer to ensuring she stays here in Fort Worth.”
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