AUSTIN (KXAN) — Moments after the two candidates vying to represent Texans in the U.S. Senate stepped off the debate stage, analysts and experts began dissecting their responses and what this race means for the overall picture of the country’s future during a special edition of State of Texas.
MJ Hegar and John Cornyn touched on topics ranging from stimulus checks to the coronavirus pandemic to immigration and more. People can watch the full post-debate analysis above.
Support for a stimulus
“I’ve actually done something about it,” Cornyn said, referring to a question about coronavirus relief and pointing to his support of a bipartisan $3.8 trillion expenditure bill.
Hegar said she believed the country needed more stimulus and was “upset” Congress hadn’t passed a new measure in six months.
“It was one of those answers where you can tell both of them would like to say more about what they’d like to see done, but there is some effort to not get too far out in front of the public on some of those issues,” said Kirk Watson, a former Democratic state senator from Austin and now the dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston.
Watson said this topic can help someone challenging an incumbent, because people want more to happen right now, and it can work against an incumbent who is in office and has the power to make a difference.
Larry Gonzalez, a former Republican state representative from Round Rock and now a senior consultant with Husch Blackwell Strategies in Austin, said Cornyn did have an advantage in being able to say he already has supported stimulus measures.
“I think that’s a pretty big example of what it is to be the incumbent and be part of a bipartisan effort, and I