On Wednesday, I unveiled our first campaign ad of the season, titled “The Game.” In it, I am playing baseball with my son, Charlie, and I describe the dream that comes with being a Texan. That dream revolves around our independent Texas spirit, our shared love of this beautiful state, and our unbound belief in what we can achieve when left free to do so.
Nine years ago, when I was battling cancer, I pledged to do everything in my power to fight to save that dream for my children and grandchildren. Now, in Congress, it is my job to fight to save it for your children and grandchildren, too. To do that means that I must reject the game played in Washington every day, the very thing that makes it “the swamp.”
Playing the game in Washington means dancing to the tune of party leadership, lobbyists, and major donors. It means you don’t play across the aisle. It means doing as you are told. It means you are perfectly fine with the status quo, even if that means voting on legislation that spends trillions of dollars of taxpayer money when you have less than 24 hours to review, let alone debate it. It means staying quiet and abandoning your principles.
I refuse to play that game.