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White Starts Swinging Day After Primary

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM CDT
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White Readies for Race Against Perry

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Houston Mayor Bill White

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Bill White speaks to supporters after winning the Democratic nomination for Texas governor.
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Less than 24 hours after winning the Democratic nomination for Texas governor, former Houston mayor Bill White is throwing punches.

White said Wednesday his GOP opponent, Gov. Rick Perry, is more interested in promoting "partisan rhetoric" and "angry headlines" than in improving the lives of Texans.

White told a news conference in Houston that Perry's attacks on Washington during his campaign have been a way to divert attention from his own poor job performance as governor.

Perry used the rising wave of anti-Washington ire to help him easily beat Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina in the GOP primary.

White, who's portraying himself as a calm consensus-builder, easily defeated six opponents, including entrepreneur Farouk Shami, to win the Democratic party's nomination.

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