Lt. Gov., 3 hopefuls debate in Austin

By: WILL WEISSERT Associated Press
By: WILL WEISSERT Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Houston Sen. Dan Patrick has found himself under attack for a campaign ad that his three opponents in the lieutenant governor's race say is deceitful.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson called Patrick out during a joint appearance Friday before the Texas Municipal League in Austin.

Tensions rose this week after Patrick released the spot saying he was the only candidate who opposed current state law extending "in-state tuition for illegal immigrants."

Patterson called Patrick a liar and Staples and Dewhurst say they have long opposed the 2001 law. It offers in-state tuition at Texas universities to some children in the country illegally, if they graduated from Texas high schools.

Patrick defended the ad and said the candidates should concentrate on the issues.

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