5/11/2011 2:16 PM
Retired Lt. Gen. Ric Sanchez today filed paperwork to begin his run for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat.
The Republican primary field is crowded, but Sanchez is the first major Democratic figure to take steps to enter the race. He said he will make a formal announcement "in the coming weeks."
Here is his statement:
"Here in Texas, too many families are struggling to get ahead. Jobs are hard to find, our schools simply aren’t good enough and increasing food and gas prices are breaking household budgets. We need to make sure small businesses that drive the economy can grow and prosper. Unfortunately, Washington is mostly focused on scoring partisan points and winning elections. I believe Texas needs a strong, independent voice to address the enormous challenges we are facing -- leadership that focuses on results rather than politics. I’ve spent my entire career serving our country. I can think of no better way to continue my record of public service than to represent Texas in the Senate."
"As long as exploiting political opportunity for a few in Washington is more important than protecting and expanding opportunity for all, we will not achieve our God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I believe that men and women of good character must work together to build and grow a nation that is secure and at peace and remains dedicated to democratic ideals."
Sanchez is a retired three-star Army general who grew up in South Texas.