Dewhurst, Cruz appeal to bases on Texas runoff eve

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Dewhurst, Cruz appeal to bases on Texas runoff eveTexas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst begins his day by visiting a Chick-fil-A in Austin, Texas, on Monday, morning July 30, 2012. Dewhurst also met with his supporters and spoke with local media before heading to the airport. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ricardo Brazziell) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM(Credit: AP)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate and Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has made a hard appeal to veterans by suggesting his opponent can’t claim to be a fighter because he has never served in the military.

Speaking with Gov. Rick Perry Monday at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in San Antonio, Dewhurst said of former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, “the louder you speak, probably, the less of a fighter you are.”

Dewhurst served in the U.S. Air Force and in CIA and calls himself a fighter. Cruz is backed by the tea party and describes himself as a fighter for conservative values.

Dewhurst and Cruz square off Tuesday in a runoff election for the Republican nomination to replacing retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The race appears too close to call.

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