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Interviews: Texas Politics: The Myth vs. the Reality

Filmmaker Paul Stekler asks some of Texas' leading political luminaries to shed light on the Texas political landscape.

Karl Rove Karl Rove, Senior Advisor to the President
"The Democrats did have a clear strategy in 2002 in Texas. But I thought from the outset it was flawed. And it basically said process will trump policy." | Read more »

Ann Richards Ann Richards, Former Governor of Texas (1991-1995)
"Well, it's an interesting thing this question of party identification and the shift that a state takes from having been all Democratic to all Republican. The reality is that the Republicans were always here in Texas. They were in the Democratic Party. " | Read more »

Paul Begala

Paul Begala, Co-host of Crossfire
"And one moment, it was the moment when Lyndon Johnson, a Texan, switched his party in Texas from being a party of racism to being the party of civil rights. And it was the right thing to do historically, but it has killed his party politically." | Read more »

Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins, Writer and Columnist
"What would happen if everybody in Texas voted? What would it look like? And according to the demographers at A&M, this state becomes, I hate this phrase, majority-minority in 2008. If you add together all the blacks and browns, there'll be more of them than there’ll be Anglos in Texas." | Read more »

Wayne Slater

Wayne Slater, Political Journalist
"The real intrigue about this race is that either side can win. This is a Republican state, but this is an enormously attractive ticket. This is a ticket that could appeal to a diverse group of loyal Democratic voters, so the Democrats could win." | Read more »

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