(CNN) – Sarah Palin is weighing in on a high-profile Republican primary race, endorsing Texas governor Rick Perry in his 2010 re-election bid over his potential challenger, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
In a fundraising letter sent to “Texas Republican Women” - a constituency that could be crucial to Hutchison should she decide to run - Palin stressed Perry’s commitment to conservative causes.
“He does what is right regardless of whether it is popular,” Palin’s letter said. “He walks the walk of a true conservative. And he sticks to his guns - and you know how I feel about guns!”
In a not-so-subtle reminder to Republican primary voters that Hutchison agrees with Roe v. Wade despite her support for many abortion restrictions, Palin said her fellow governor is firmly opposed to abortion rights.
“Rick Perry believes in protecting the most vulnerable in society, and who is more vulnerable than an unborn child?” Palin asked. “Our value as human beings in the eyes of Our Creator is not diminished by any circumstance. Not every child is born into ideal circumstances, but every life is sacred. Rick Perry knows this - it is at the core of his being.”
Palin’s move is not a complete surprise: She has traveled to Texas numerous times, and knows Perry well from their work together in the Republican Governor’s Association.