TEXAS 32 Electoral Votes
Bush-Cheney Gore-Lieberman
Campaign Campaign
National Headquarters: 301 Congress, Austin

Republican Party of Texas
Chairman: Susan Weddington
Exec. Dir.: Wayne Hamilton
Office: 211 East 7th Street, Suite 620, Austin

Gore-Lieberman State Director: Don Jones
Political Director: Dean Aguillen
Office: 919 Congress, Suite 600, Austin

Coordinated Campaign Director: James Gaston

Texas Democratic Party
Chairman: Molly Beth Malcolm 
Exec. Dir.: James Gaston
Office: 919 Congress Avenue, Ste. 600, Austin

Candidate Travel (Aug. 1-Nov. 7) Candidate Travel (Aug. 1-Nov. 7)
Oct. 22 -- AG makes an address at the dedication service for the Potter's House Sanctuary, Dallas.
Oct. 12-13 -- JL "Failed Leadership" Tour
Oct. 12 -- JL leads a discussion on Gov. Bush's record at a private residence in Midland.  Oct. 13 -- JL visits the El Flaco Colonia, Hidalgo County.
Sept. 11 -- 1. JL attends DNC luncheon, One World Theatre, Austin ($).  2. JL attends DNC luncheon, private residence, Austin ($).  3. JL attends DNC dinner, The Fairmont Hotel, Dallas ($).  4.JL attends DNC dinner, private residence, Dallas ($).
Sept. 8 -- JL discusses plans to expand access to health care to every child, Magnolia Multi-Service Center, Houston.
A Sampling of More Campaign Activity A Sampling of More Campaign Activity
Oct. 14 -- DNC "Rally in the Valley" and launch of Get Out The Vote campaign featuring former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, Delores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa and State Sen. Mario Gallegos at Archer Park in McAllen.
Television Television
Some Newspaper Endorsements Some Newspaper Endorsements
[early voting began 10/23/00]
Dallas Morning News --10/22/00
San Antonio Express-News --10/22/00
Austin American-Statesman --10/22/00  *
Houston Chronicle --list 10/26/00 (text 11/2/00)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram --10/22/00
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal --10/22/00
Corpus Christi Caller-Times   EWS
Amarillo Globe-News
Galveston County Daily News --10/31/00
Abilene Reporter-News --10/29/00   EWS
San Angelo Standard Times --10/29/00   EWS
Longview News Journal

Miscellaneous Notes Miscellaneous Notes
The Bush campaign put supportive Texas Democrats out on the trail on its behalf to demonstrate his bipartisan appeal.  Texas Democrats joined in debate spin, on the "Barnstorm for Reform" tour and in "Gore Detector" efforts. 

Among the most active were:
Sandy Kress, former Chairman of the Dallas Democratic Party

Judge John Hill (Ret.) [served 11 years in state government and was the first person in Texas history to serve as Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Chief Justice]. 

Former Representative Mark Stiles (Beaumont)

Former Representative Hugo Berlanga (Corpus Christi)

Senator Kenneth Armbrister (Victoria), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice

Representative Ron Lewis (Mauriceville)

Carlos M. Ramirez, Mayor of El Paso, even delivered a testimonial in Bush's convention film.

In the absence of a competitive campaign in Texas, the state became an exporter of expertise on the Bush record.  Democratic Party Chair Molly Beth Malcolm traveled extensively during the fall campaign.  A number of "Texas Truth Squads" sallied forth. 

State Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) participated in quite a few of these truth squads, starting with the first one at the Republican Convention in Philadelphia.  Burnam compared his role to that of a Paul Revere.  His rallying cry was, "We're here to warn America the Bushes are coming."  "I know how bad he is," Burnam said later.  Among the states he visited were Michigan (twice--on Aug. 5 in East Lansing opposite Bush's "Change the Tone" whistlestop tour and on Oct. 21 in Southfield), Wisconsin (three stops in Western Wisconsin), Iowa, Maine (on Oct. 20 countering Bush's rally in Bangor) and Washington (on the final weekend, countering former President Bush in Spokane and making an appearance in the Yakima Valley and later hitting Vancouver and Seattle).  At one point when he was traveling in eastern Iowa with two more stops to go, the DNC called and said "Catch this plane," sending him on his way to Bangor, Maine.  Burnam observed that the "Texas Truth Squad" provided "a different twist" but that it was "hard to get the media to pay attention to the issues."

Gore carried 16 counties in the southern tip of the state, 4 counties in the western part (El Paso, Culberson, Presidio and Reeves) and 4 counties scattered in the eastern part (Jefferson County which includes Beaumont and Port Arthur, as well as Morris, Newton and Robertson counties).

Ralph Nader visited Texas on Oct. 18-19.  On Oct. 18 he held a rally followed by a press conference at Richland College in Dallas; he then proceeded to Austin where he did fundraiser at Thread Gills world headquarters and a press conference and a rally with Jim Hightower at Tony Burger Center.  On Oct. 19 he held a press conference in San Antonio and a rally at San Antonio College; he then flew to Houston where he did a fundraiser at the Art Car Museum ($100/person) and a press conference and speech at the University of Houston.
Nader State Coordinator: Nathalie Paravicini

Courtesy: Beverly Hayes.
Look Out for the Green Mobile!
Harris County Greens' art car is a "rolling booth and billboard for the Green Party."

Harry Browne visited Texas on Aug. 16-18 during some very hot weather.  Arriving in Houston on Aug. 16 he did media interviews during the day and held an evening event at his hotel.  On Aug. 17 in Austin he did media interviews and held an evening event at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel (over 200 people attended, and over $15,000 was raised to support Browne and local candidates).  On Aug. 18 in Dallas ("It's apparently about 106 degrees," he wrote in his Campaign Journal) he again did media interviews during the day and held an evening event.

Buchanan.  (The state Reform Party held its convention June 10-11 in Houston).

Copyright  2000, 2001  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.