December 4th, 2008
12:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Hutchison move sets up possible Texas primary fight

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison launched an exploratory committee Thursday for a 2010 gubernatorial run.
Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison launched an exploratory committee Thursday for a 2010 gubernatorial run.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison took steps Thursday to run for governor in 2010, a move that could set up a fierce primary battle with the state's current governor.

"Texans deserve a Governor who, in the context of sound budgetary policies and low taxes, works for quality schools and universities, access to health care for our families, communities safe from crime and drugs, protection of private property rights, sensible transportation and a government that listens and responds to them," Hutchison said in a paper statement. "There's too much bitterness, too much anger, too little trust, too little consensus and too much infighting. And the tone comes from the top. Texans are looking for leadership and results."

Governor Rick Perry said in April he would run for a third term.

Papers to form Hutchison's exploratory committee were filed Thursday in Austin. In her statement, the Texas senior senator stressed she was "not yet a candidate" as there were "friends, community and business leaders" that she wanted to consult with before formally announcing her candidacy. Hutchison, who was re-elected to her Senate seat in 2006, did not indicate whether or not she would resign should she pursue a gubernatorial bid.


Filed under: Kay Bailey Hutchison • Texas
soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Chuck

    So, Hutchison thinks Texans deserve "access to health care", etc. Of course, everyone already has access to health care now, if they have enough money. That's the problem she won't even acknowledge - almost 50 million people don't have health insurance because the industry charges about 5 times more than it costs to maximize profits. Some can't afford it and many that have insurance are denied care when they need it most, and again, always to maximize profits for the CEO. We need a system that provides health care for all and we only pay for health care, not insurance industry profits.

    Don't vote for Hutchison - she will never abandon the failed Republican ideology that says markets are always good even though they don't work at all for the things that all people depend on to live because of the greed factor.

    December 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Rory O Shea

    I will be voting for Kay when she runs, even though I usually lean to the liberal side, she's a very good person and extremely intelligent. Why McCain chose Palin over her is mind-boggling.

    Rick Perry is good lookin', but his politics are AWFUL.

    December 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. me

    I live in Texas. Texas will get the type of leadership that mirrors most of its values.

    Ignorance
    Vice
    Racism
    Sexism
    Backwards thinking (at least a century behind)

    The only thing that keeps this state solvent is the uber billions that flow through here from energy (blood money). Just like Alaska, Texas is run by the oil men, any idiot with a pulse could be governor (Look at the last two).

    December 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Carl from Texas

    You have to love the non-Texas ignorance floating around... not to mention the one sided BIGOTS that seem to blame all issues on the Republican Party.

    If you have no affilation in Texas or do not know her personally, just be quiet and let the big state people talk now.

    December 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    I can't say Kay is exactly my favorite- I had high hopes for her when she first went to Washington. I met with her when she was first preparing to run and was trying to garner support from other elected officials in the DFW area. She had so much potential, but then she kind of fell into step with Bush these last 8 years, and had really disappointed me. BUT, I have seen some glimmers of hope from her the last 5-6 months, so maybe she has "seen the light".

    Bottom line, she would HAVE to better than the pretty boy do-nothing chair warmer we've got in Austin right now. So, yeah, Kay... give old Rick a run for his money (you've got more than him anyway). I think you can beat him.

    December 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Jordan in San Marcos, TX

    Kinky is the reason Perry is still Governor. I hope he sits this one out.

    December 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Sarah

    I hope Houston's mayor, Bill White, runs for governor. Kay Bailey is a good lady but she's part of the DC mess. Mayor White has done more positive things for Houston than any mayor in a long, long time. Plus...he met three hurricanes head-on and got help to the people who needed it most. He stepped up and provided solid, well-grounded leadership.....the kind of leadership Texas has not had in a long, long time.

    December 4, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Debra Hasan

    A republician to replace a republician. I don't think so, the nation need a wonderful democrat. The End.

    December 4, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. chuck

    The rest of the country is moving away from creationist Republicans and poor Texas is still stuck in a very deep GOP rut.

    December 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Sue

    At least she can write a complete sentence! Even if she loses, I think SHE is the next voice of the Republican party, not the beauty contestant.

    December 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Steve

    Dan Patrick for Governor.........

    December 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Chris

    I can't beleive there are so many 1 issue voters out there without looking at the whole record of a candidate. It really does an injustice to the person running who may agree with your point of view on many, many other things.

    December 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Gaylon Barrow

    Ther you go CNN I make a comment about Kay going for it we need to get rid of the Bush-Perry effect and you keep it under moderation. How long does it take to moniter a comment or is just me your blackballing eI didn't like who you were pushing for President.

    December 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. REAL-EYES

    This lady at least sounds like a fighting chance.

    December 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. BrokerDealer

    In the picture, she is doing karaoke. Can anyone guess what song she's singing?

    Yellow Dog of Texas?

    December 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. MICK from MESA

    America can quickly fix all the problems that TX and it's politicos have brought us – Give it back to Mexico.

    Instantly there would be no more illegals, drug thugs, repugs, hard core evangelicals or Bush's...

    December 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Matt

    Bah...who cares whether the Republicans are fighting amongst themselves? They're a bunch of diarrhea-mouthed retards. Hopefully this just means that a Dem might win hehe

    December 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. fkim

    Kays one of those good ole boy republicans who protected the oil companies with huge subsidies and even had ethenol band from being processed for our fuel supply. Remember biowillie ....no longer around thanks to kay. She reminds me of someone who still lives in the 50s just like bush You can run my dog Tex for govenor as long as he is a republican he would win. I hope Kinky runs again we need someone to stand up for Texas

    December 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. bob

    Anti gay Hutchinson would not make a better governor than any other anti gay Republican sitting in that seat. Perry is always out of the country doing goodness knows what. He created a great deal of anxiety among Texas landowners when he pushed the trans Texas corrider idea which would have been built by a company from another country (Spain I believe) and he would have allowed that company to build gas stations and convenient stores at the prime exit locations. What an idiotic idea. It's no wonder it was cancelled. Republican Texans finally stood with their Democratic brothers to stop this governor from slash and burning our beautiful Texas countryside.

    December 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. kasera

    I FEEL SO SAD FOR THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS IN GENERAL. BUSH IS COMING BACK TO DALLAS AND KAY BARNES PLANS TO COME BACK TO...WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT FOR THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS...
    IT IS THE SADDEST DAY FOR THE TEXANS

    December 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Hania, Sugar Land, TX

    Seriously, if McCain wanted a woman to be his VP, he should have picked Hutchinson instead of Gov. Bimbo McMoosekiller from Alaska. Although not a republican, anybody would be better than Rick Perry. But just to make one more point, a TX governor never does anything and doesn't have much power... just look at President Bush.

    December 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. BrokerDealer

    The Democrats won't win in Texas because they have no guts. I'm a Democrat and embarrased by the goffiness of our party in Texas. I spent plenty of time in Austin back when Kinky was more sincere and less sarcastic. He and the granny cost the democrats the last race for Gov. by being there. I sent my money to Barack because he wasn't afraid to take on the big fight. Get a decent democratic ticket and I'd send money and travel for the TX Gov. race too.

    December 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Snicklefritz

    Hutchinson, Palin and Cheney all need to go on a hunting trip together -
    May the best man win!

    Hint: Their isn't a one in the bunch!

    December 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. No Incumbents 2010

    MICK from MESA : Our economy is still doing well down here in the LoneStar State. Of course when all the folks from the rest of the country flock to Texas like they did in the 80's it might slow us down a bit. Point is Texas can function rather well with out the other states, but I don't think yall (purposely written) can make it without us.
    I'm certainly willing to give it a try though.

    December 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Neal

    Perry couldn't even get a plurality of the votes in 2006. Had it not been for Carole Keeton McLellan Rylander Strayhorn, Ricky Boy would've lost back then. It's time for Governor Goodhair to take a cushy lobbying post with his buddies over at Cintra.

    December 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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