Schieffer Says He Has Vision to be Texas Governor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- He's the former Texas Rangers baseball team president who later was appointed as a U.S. ambassador.

Many know him as the younger brother of CBS newsman Bob Schieffer. Others remember him as the popular and studious teen who was elected student-body president after giving Kennedy-esque speeches.

Now Tom Schieffer is traveling across the state, introducing himself to Texans as a Democratic candidate for governor.

The 61-year-old said he is running because the state must improve its education system and stop the high dropout rate, develop a better energy regulatory system, improve the health care system and focus more on the environment.

Schieffer said he can win the 2010 election no matter who survives the brutal Republican primary - Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or Debra Medina.

Former classmate Katherine Miller says Schieffer, who also has a sister, always was a leader while growing up in Fort Worth.

Schieffer served three terms as a Democratic state representative, first elected at age 25 in 1972.

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