First lady stops in Lampasas

Herald/TJ MAXWELL - First lady Anita Perry, right, speaks with Lampasas Mayor Judith Hetherly at the historic Hostess House Thursday in Lampasas.

By Taylor Short

Killeen Daily Herald

LAMPASAS - Texas first lady Anita Perry visited Lampasas Thursday afternoon during a tour of Central Texas to rally grassroots support for her husband, Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry stopped in Waco and Belton before her arrival at the Hostess House in Lampasas at 4 p.m. to speak about her husband's campaign for a record third full term as governor against opponents Democrat Bill White, Libertarian Kathie Glass and Texas Green Party candidate Deb Shafto.

Her speech focused on Washington's plans for Texas, Gov. Perry's success in job creation and why now is "not the time for change."

"Washington does want Texas to lose," she said, mirroring state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock's comments that Texas is in the federal sights because of the state's relative success in weathering the recent recession. "I've heard Rick say this, they want Rick Perry's scalp because he stands up to Washington and what they're doing."

She targeted Texas women voters by referring

to a Sept. 28 Austin-American Statesman article, in which a Blum & Weprin Associates poll showed that 50 percent of women who are likely to vote prefer Perry to 40 percent for White.

"I thought, why is this?" Perry said. "Because usually women are more for the Democratic candidates because they tend to be more nurturing; more involved in children's issues; a little more thoughtful than we are as Republicans."

The state's first lady said women should have a clear choice this November to vote for Gov. Perry and avoid further debt for their children.

She continued by discussing her husband's social values and concern for war veterans, telling a story of how the governor took 24 hours off the campaign trail to take a wounded veteran hunting in South Texas three weeks ago.

Perry also emphasized the importance of voting in the Nov. 2 race for Republicans in order for the party to pick up congressional seats in the 2011 Texas redistricting.

"Don't change horses in the middle of the stream," she said. "Now is not the time, we've got so much going on and so much at stake."

Early voting continues through Oct. 29 in Bell, Coryell and Lampasas counties.

Contact Taylor Short at or (254) 501-7476. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcove.

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