Democratic presidential hopeful former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Damian Dovarganes AP
Democratic presidential hopeful former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Damian Dovarganes AP

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Hillary Clinton found common ground with Tom DeLay

By Maria Recio

and Anna M. Tinsley

Star-Telegram staff writers

January 08, 2016 05:00 PM

Who knew? Former President Bill Clinton went out on the hustings Jan. 4 for the first time this election cycle on behalf of his wife, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

And he told an unexpected story about how during his presidency in the late 1990s, Hillary Clinton had worked with the most unlikely of Republicans — then- U.S. House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land.

“He was the Ted Cruz of the pre-Tea Party era,” Bill Clinton told a Nashua, N.H., crowd. “He disliked me, I think, more than anybody in Congress. She comes in to see me one day, she said, ‘I found it! I found it! … I found the human streak in Tom DeLay. He is an adoptive parent.”

DeLay was and is a strong advocate of foster parenthood and worked with the first lady to pass the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 to help children aging out of the foster system. In a speech that year, DeLay said, “The simple fact is that child welfare has been a one-party issue for too long.”

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Bill Clinton said that DeLay attended the signing ceremony — the only time he set foot in the White House during Bill Clinton’s tenure.

Free guns!

The Campaign for Liberty wasn’t pleased with President Obama’s new gun control plan that was unveiled last week.

So the political group founded by former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas decided to hold a drawing to give away a Colt AR-15 rifle.

“Barack Obama is hell-bent on destroying the Second Amendment his final year in office,” the group stated. “But Campaign for Liberty refuses to back down from asserting our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

“So, in the spirit of liberty and our U.S. Constitution, we are giving away an AR-15 to one lucky winner.”

The group asks people to go online to enter their name to “win the gun Obama wants to ban” by 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 31.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas also is giving away a shotgun, but his has the Cruz presidential campaign logo on it. He’s asking people to go to his website to register by midnight Jan. 30.

Willie’s on TV

Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson’s star turn as the winner of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2015 capped a concert celebrating the Texas legend at Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall back in November.

It will be broadcast Friday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.

Among the performers was Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges who sang a soulful version of Nelson’s Funny how time slips away.

Nelson wound up the concert after getting the prize by hitting the stage with On the road again, joined by all the performers including Paul Simon, Eddie Brickell, Alison Krauss, Roseann Cash and Neil Young.

Reminder

Early voting for the March 1 primary in Texas will be here before you know it.

Early voting runs from Feb. 16-26, and the last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Feb. 19. For more information, contact the Tarrant County Elections Center at 817-831-8683.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley