August 17th, 2009
09:46 AM ET
5 years ago

Hutchison officially kicks off bid for Texas governor

Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has formally announced her bid for governor of Texas.
Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has formally announced her bid for governor of Texas.

(CNN) - Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison formally announced her bid for Texas governor Monday morning, challenging fellow Republican and incumbent Rick Perry and sparking what could be a bitter intra-party fight in the Lone Star State.

"It is with pride and humility for history that I announce today that I am a candidate for Governor of Texas," Hutchison said in remarks prepared for delivery in La Marque, Texas. The town will be her first stop in a five-day, 19-stop "Texas Can Do Better" tour.

The four-term senator graduated from high school in La Marque in 1961.

"Let me start by saying this about Rick Perry. He's a dedicated public servant. I know he loves Texas. But now he's trying to stay too long - 14 years, maybe longer," said Hutchison.

Perry took over as Texas governor in late 2000, after then-Gov. George W. Bush stepped down to serve as president. Perry won election to a full term in 2002, and was re-elected four years later.

Hutchison says she'll give up her Senate seat later this year to focus solely on the governor's race.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Kay Bailey Hutchison • Texas
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Deuce

    Good for you

    August 17, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. HUHUHUHUHUH

    A Democratic senator from TExas wouild be good. Maybe the next LBJ?

    Carville is right in another post on this site. Democrats shoul abolustely force the healt care bill. The republicon strategy is to deny affordable health care and to go against American's getting reduced costs on the halth care they already have. That is it. How do they go to their constituents and say – I do not want you to have better more affordable health care? That is what they are standing up for right now. Put them on the record for supporting that lunacy.

    August 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    Senator Hutchison is a BETTER candidate than the CESEDE Perry from the UNION!

    August 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Ancient Texan

    The lady has been a great Senator for the State of Texas, but I have to admit mixed emotions on this one. Rick Perry has done a decent job for Texas, as Governor. It'll take awhile to see how all this falls out before I make a decision on this race.

    August 17, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. MonRob

    Good. I hope she looses and ends up without a job.

    August 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Terry from West Texas

    I hope Hutchinson is successful. Texas will get a better governor and a better Senator. None could be worse than the ones we've got now.

    August 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    other than one being female and the other being male there is no difference in the two, I hope there is a 3rd party.

    August 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If she were to win elections, she'd be no Ann Richards who said that George H. W. Bush was born with a silver foot in his mouth. I don't who is running on the Democrat's side, but I would like to see the mud slinnging in the Republican primary.

    August 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Sarah

    it's about time!

    August 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. EDDIE

    Anything is better than Gov.Rick with a P. Hope the democrats find somebody to run.It's time for another Democratic Gov here in Texas.

    August 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Face reader in Texas

    Shes a bum and so is Governor Goodhair.They said yes to everything Cheney and Bush wanted.Shes in the pocket of Big Oil and Gas and has bags of money for her trouble.

    August 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Dallas, Texas

    All moderate Republicans and Democrats should support Hutchison over that moron Perry in the gop primary. He makes W look like a Rhodes Scholar!

    August 17, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. No More Fear

    Why isn't there a viable Democratic candidate for governor in The Great State of Texas? WHY?!?

    August 17, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Nancy - Houston

    If Schieffer would just apologize and admit his mistate for supporting GWB, I might vote for him; otherwise, it will depend on who else decides to run, and I sure hope we have one or two other good choices.

    August 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Sniffit

    Texas Can Do Better? I certainly hope so...the past decade has been like watching a 4 year old bowl 20 gutter balls in a row.

    August 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Bluebonnet

    I am one Texan that hopes she does not win. She's just a democrat in republican's clothes!

    August 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. david

    in the picture, she looks like she is 90 years old. she doesn't look healthy at all the poor thing.

    August 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. dominican mama 4 Obama

    I should've skipped the article and just looked at the picture as the caption under it answered my question. My bad!

    August 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Erasmus

    How about a campaign called "Texas Couldn't Do Much Worse". Recent Texas politicos Armey, DeLay, Bush, Rove, etc. are a "Who's Who" of political knaves and fools. Keep them at home in the Lone Star State with the armadillos and gun nuts.

    August 17, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Reggie

    She has been an huge asset in the senate and she will make a great governor. Best of luck to her.

    August 17, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. mr. D

    THANKYOU – kay

    LET'S get one more Repubelican out .

    GOP = PARTY OF NO

    NO IDEAS ** NO FUTURE

    August 17, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Kris

    Good, repubs fighting!

    August 17, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Robert

    Well, that's the end of Hutchison's political career. She isn't going to beat Perry in the primary and she'll lose her senate seat trying.

    August 17, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Welcome to Rome

    Texas,49th in education,and it shows.

    August 17, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. rand

    Just what Texas needs. Another Conservative GOP governor. Texas used to be cool.

    August 17, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |