(CNN) – Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Monday she will challenge Republican Gov. Rick Perry in a primary matchup and reported raising over $6.7 million for the bid in the first half of the year.
"Today I am announcing that the exploratory committee is closed," Hutchison said at a Dallas press conference. "The campaign for governor of Texas is open for business. I am so excited and ready to go."
The four term senator has made no secret about her interest in challenging the more conservative Perry, having established an exploratory committee and campaign staff months ago.
In her announcement Monday, Hutchison said the fundraising haul far exceeded her initial goal of $5 million and will leave the campaign with more than $12 million cash on hand.
The 65 year-old former Texas State Treasurer also said she plans a formal kickoff in August when she will have time to tour the state.
Hutchison's cash haul compares to the $4.2 million Perry raised during the same period, though the 59 year-old Texas governor was barred from raising any money until the end of the legislative session in June. A spokesman for Perry's campaign said the governor has more than $9 million cash on hand.
Praising the "depth and width" of her support, Hutchison dismissed suggestions she had more time than Perry to raise money.
"We both had six months, we were both asking for commitments. We were both out there asking for money," she said.
If the liberals and Democrats support Bailey-Hutchison then she is toast. Becoming a multi-millionaire Senator and enriching her family from it is par for the course of you loser Democraps. Everything that Perry did during Katrina, Rita, and Ike for Texans and the evacuees from New Orleans is lost on your moronic little minds. We don't want anymore Californians moving here either.
"for the first time in history the federal deficit has surpassed one trillion dollars? "
Um, With Bush it passed 6 trillion in 8 years. Before Bush it went down under Clinton. Before Clinton The Gipper raised it over 2 trillion which was double all our other presidents combined. You see, The USA pays it's bills with tax money. When we cut taxes we bleed lady liberty. Those deficits are Lady Liberties life blood. Obama needs to raise taxes. He has them lower than the Reagan in the mid 80's by 15%! That a little truth the right wings hacks fail to tell you.
@ Roger in Ca, who asked "What's her position on secession?"
Agreeing or diagreeing with her policies aside, she seems somewhat bright...I'm guessing she recognizes that nonsense for what it is: fundraising rhetoric from lowlife cut-and-run bitter sore losers who only respect America and democracy when it works in their favor.
If she wins, does that mean that Texas will remain a part of the United States after all??
And will Perry go join Todd Palin in Alaska to secede from the USA?
Republican Party is Done, Gone, Finished.
Filibuster for us. The Duds and Incompetent have been Eliminated.
Freedom has Come to America.
We no more have Idiots Running our Country.
We have no more Criminals in White House.
Republican Party did nothing in last 8 years.
Now they are Speaking.
They need to just shut their loud mouths.
ALL TALK + NO DEEDS = REPUBLICAN PARTY.
Carter and Gas lines
9/11 Didn't Clinton have a shot at OBL (Hot Potato)
Carter: Misery Index created because nothing else could describe the mess. Also failed military missions in Iran due to standard democrat defunding and resource cutting of the military.
Bushes economy in his frst 6 years before your Dems took over both houses was the best in history. Dow over $14,000.00
Reagan and Bush together haven't created the deficit or spent anywhere near what Obama has in 6 months.
Get your facts right Texas Boy and man up!
I am not crazy for Hutchinson but when comes between her and Rick Perry ... My vote will be Hutchinson. Perry has destory his chance of re election with that stupid ' Tea Party ' and make Rush ' A Texan ' .... please!!! oooooooooooooooh and how about when he said ' Palin knew his heart' ... huh????
Cali J, it's time we work with good people to change around what has happened to our econome. You can lay that on Bush's head, not Obama's. He's been in office a few short months, and can't perform miracles!! It will take years to turn around what Bush did to us in Eight years! I am a old republican who is not afraid to admit I voted for that idiot Bush, not once, but twice! I would be proud to have Kay as our Governor. As I would any good Dem or Republican! The sooner you screamers understand how most of us old republicans an Dem feel, the better off you will be. If we old folk can move on, so should the young ones into the 21st century. Mccain/palin would have been a disaster for 4 more years, as this was mounting to explode last yr.
You know people as a True Texan myself ... that stupid remark about 'secession' is becoming an old and tired joke. Get over it! WE will NEVER part ways from the US .........
Kay started out in the Senate as a pretty good representative. Then she got caught up in the George Bush crowd. But she seems to have stepped away from GW the past year. So I'm hoping she wlll return to Texas as the Kay I knew when she first decided to run for office.
She would certainly be better than that nitwit Rick Perry that we've got in Austin right now. Perry couldn't find his way out of a wet paper bag on his best of days. We definitely need a change in Austin.
This should be something to watch.
Big Hair Baily vs. Pompadour Perry!
The winner will show who was "nearer to God"!
Kelby in Houston tells us: "The Great State of Texas remains largely unscathed by this recession ..."
Care to a venture a guess as to why Texas remains unscathed?
gotta admit I'm not a real big fan of Kay B. but since it looks like the reddest of red states won't have a Dem gov again then I would support her over that moron we have in there now.
Go get 'em Kay – Perry has outlived his welcome in the Governor's House.
It's not that I like another provincial Republican but hope you are slightly better than current Republican Gov. Perry for he screws up so bad that he even runs out of money to buy security cameras for monitoring illegal border crossing.
I don't see where some of you say she don't have a chance. She will smear Perry in a primary. And the fact that Texas is a conservative state, will be the next governor. She even stands a good chance at getting the nomination in 2012 if she plays her cards right. Although that is a long shot. Hutchinson has done more for Texas than their looney governor anyway. She has my support out of the republicans.
you and I are both right and wrong.
My words should say that Obama has reached a trillion dollar deficit the fastest in history. 6 Months. George Bush raised the deficit 1.75 trillion in 8 years. This is from fact check. If you have other sources, lay them on me.
She would have made a great VP selection for McCain. I guess she was too smart for him. Good luck, Senator.
Mixed emotions....She would make a good Governor. But losing her from the Senate is a big loss.
Don't like either one! Kay Bailey Hutchinson supported Bush all the way and Perry is a moron!
Alberta– Explain to me just what a "Demacrate " is please???
Perhaps you meant "Democrat".
Billy J– If you voted for Kinky Friedman, your voter registration should be revoked. Please tell me you didn't actually waste your vote on that goofball nutcase.
Reformed Republican– Her name is Hutchison, not Hutchins.
Truth Teller– she didn't "become a multi millionaire Senator" nor "enrich her family from it". She's married to one of the partners in one of the largest most successful law firms in the country. Trust me, she was well monied long before she got involved in politics.
And to those who haven't figured it out yet– she IS a Republican and not a Democrat.