Flores Talks GOP Presidential Race, House Budget

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

District 17 Representative Bill Flores, whose district covers most of the Brazos Valley, is talking about the long-running GOP race for the Presidential nomination.

He called into Brazos Valley This Morning Wednesday and said that, personally, he's ready to have one candidate for the party.

"If you look at the field, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich obviously have no chance, and I'm not sure that they're doing anybody any good by staying in the race," said Flores.

Mitt Romney has swept a trio of GOP primaries, coasting to wins over chief rival Rick Santorum in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

"Rick Santorum seems to still think he's in it, but he'd have to win virtually 100 percent of the remaining delegates to do that," Flores added. The Congressman is looking at the math when it comes to how many delegates a nominee must have to get the Republican nomination.

Romney leads the race for delegates with 646. His closest rival, Rick Santorum, has 272. It takes 1,144 delegates to win the GOP nomination for president.

"In my view, we need to have a general election nominee selected pretty quickly. And that person needs to be out running against the person that they need to go after, and that's President Obama. And they need to be raising monies so they can carry out that race," said Flores.

During his interview with Brazos Valley This Morning, Flores also talked about the budget passed by the House. President Obama attacked the "Path to Prosperity" budget during a speech to a group of news editors and reporters Tuesday. The president said it was a "Trojan horse" and would greatly deepen inequality in the U.S.

"The President is absolutely wrong on this," Flores said.

"What we've tried to do is put together a responsible program and it's balanced." The congressman said the budget relies on decreased spending and provisions that strengthen Medicare for the future. He also said the House Budget grows federal revenues through tax reforms which, according to Flores, will improve our economic situation.

You can see the entire interview from Wednesday morning in the video player attached to this story above.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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