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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Visits Sherman

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SHERMAN, TX --  Texas Governor Rick Perry was in Sherman Thursday afternoon to speak to a local grassroots group.  KTEN's Chris Severy was there and has this report.

It was a supportive crowd for Governor Perry.  The governor entered the Boiler Room coffee shop in Sherman to hoots and hollers.  He shouted 'howdy' and then worked the room, shaking hands and even taking some time to sign an autograph for a young girl who was there.  Perry focused most of his speech on broader issues like border security and also addressed the upcoming $18B budget shortfall facing the State of Texas.  "We've done this before.  We prioritize what's important and fund that and then we make reductions.  It's what we did in 2003.  We had a $10B budget shortfall," said Perry.  Perry's visit though wasn't all shakin' hands, kissin' babies and making a stump speech.  Those supporting his opponent, Democrat Bill White, were there too with campaign signs.  They mainly wanted to know why the governor won't agree to a debate with White.  Perry himself set a midnight deadline Wednesday night, that if White didn't fully release his tax records, then he wasn't going to debate White at all this fall.  Perry said, "The idea that a debate is the be all to end all, I don't know whether that's right or not.  What I do know is I'm not gonna share a forum with Bill White until he gives his tax records to the people of the State of Texas and he comes clean about what he was doin'."  Perry said he definitely rules out any kind of debate with White.  He says he will instead spend the next month and a half taking his message straight to the voters.