Cornyn unveils ad, border endorsements
El Paso Times
October 2, 2008
Cornyn's ad shows the first-term senator with cattle in Beeville and indirectly refers to the U.S. Senate's vote to approve a financial bailout package this week. The ad portrays him as someone who tried to warn leaders in Washington about the housing and financial crisis as long as two years ago.
"It shouldn't have happened," Cornyn said in the ad. "Washington only got to work when the answer was too late and too expensive. We need to hold the guilty parties responsible."
The commercial-the third one Cornyn has launched this fall in his campaign against Democratic challenger Rick Noriega-is being shown in television markets statewide. The campaign would not say how much it is spending on the ad or how long it will run.
Noriega, meanwhile, who lacks the millions in campaign cash that Cornyn has, has been circulating low-cost Web ads to try to spread his message. On Thursday, he hoped to attract voters' attention by campaigning with Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Rio Grande Valley in the evening.
Cornyn's campaign announced that nearly 40 leaders from both political parties along the border are endorsing Cornyn. Earlier this year he announced endorsements from about three dozen elected officials and civic leaders in South Texas.
Among those backing Cornyn are Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West and Hidalgo City Councilman Siglinde Franz.