Dewhurst announces plans to run for US Senate

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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has announced he is running for the U.S. Senate.

Dewhurst announced his campaign Tuesday through an online video in which he focuses on concern with national debt and spending. Dewhurst said he is a proven fiscal conservative, along with Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry has yet to officially announce plans to run for president, but may do so within the next month.

Since 2003 Dewhurst has served as the second-highest ranking official in the state. He lives in Houston and is a businessman who has served in the U.S. Air Force, the CIA and the State Department.

Even with the tight state budget this session, Dewhurst did not support tapping the Rainy Day Fund. He recently helped create the Texas Joint Committee for Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency to confront controversy about the role of research in universities.

In the video Dewhurst said if he is voted into the U.S. Senate his first act will be to sign the “cut, cap, balance” pledge.

The current U.S. senators for Texas, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, are sponsors of the act that aims to lower the federal deficit.

“Washington, to me, spends money we don’t have on programs we don’t need,” Dewhurst said in his announcement.