November 17th, 2009
09:44 AM ET
4 years ago

Cheney endorsing Hutchinson in Texas governor's race

Cheney is backing Kay Bailey Hutchinson in the Texas GOP gubernatorial primary.
Cheney is backing Kay Bailey Hutchinson in the Texas GOP gubernatorial primary.

(CNN) - Dick Cheney is weighing in on the Republican intra-party battle in Texas
The former vice president teams up with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson at Houston's Hobby Airport Tuesday afternoon to officially endorse her bid for Texas governor.

Hutchinson is challenging two-term incumbent Rick Perry in next year's Republican Party primary. Perry has already won a re-election nod from the person who had hoped to succeed Cheney, Sarah Palin - last year's GOP vice presidential nominee.

While Cheney's favorable ratings among all Americans remain low, he's still well liked by conservative voters, who are crucial in a Republican primary battle.

Last week Hutchinson, who previously said she would resign her senate seat to run for governor, announced she will remain in the Senate as she seeks the gubernatorial nomination.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Beef King

    Dick Cheney is a great American.
    He is a better person than Communist News Network wants you to know.

    November 17, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Gary

    Palin better be careful; unless she tows the GOP line with what Cheney wants, she might be waterboarded or worse yet, be employed by the Haliburton Corp.

    November 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. rosslaw

    Now that Cheney has made his choice clear, inquiring minds now want to know who is Dracula coming out for? Of course, next to the real Prince of Darkness, Dracula would probably be seen as the liberal endorsement.

    November 17, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Tom

    Anyone Cheney endorses should become an anti-candidate, period.

    November 17, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Vijay

    I don't give a hoot for Cheney or his support. But after reading the kind of things Gov. Perry has been saying, even the more conservative Mrs. Hutchison will be a far better Gov. for the great state of TX. Besides, she has the courage to call for term limits for the members of Congress via a constitutional amendment.

    November 17, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. The REAL republican motto: "In Fear We Trust"

    Wow. There's a battle of not-helpful endorsements. And from such qualified sources! Palin, whose idea of foreign policy is equivalent to a four year olds, and Cheney, recognized as the architect of the disaster that was the Bush administration. Yeah, lets get the endorsement of those two failures!

    November 17, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. can we be honest here?

    why has no one arrested this man?

    Is our justice department still hobbled from his reign?

    Lets get the questions answered while this man is still alive.

    Whisper it on the whirlwind

    Whisper it on the Whirlwind

    November 17, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Aaron P

    I am a loyal, staunch, through and through Democrat in Texas. I believe 100% in our President Obama. I have met the Senator on several occasions. She is a warm, and very nice person. In Texas, the governorship is weak. The Lt. Governor has all the power in the state house. Still, it is our governorship. I hate everything that Cheney stands for. In Texas we have a saying about peopel we don't like. "If you were on the side of the road and on fire, I wouldn't piss on you to put the fire out". Well I would do that for Cheney. But only after I chugged down a bottle of 180 proof Vodka. On that endorsement, she lost my support.

    November 17, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Stephanie

    Just what he needs, an endorsement from a federal criminal. Please Cheney stop talking, because no one is listening.

    November 17, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Chris M.

    "Last week Hutchison, who previously said she would resign her senate seat to run for governor, announced she will remain in the Senate as she seeks the gubernatorial nomination."

    Why is she blocking a State Senate Seat until she is sure of a Governorship? She's just another selfish lifetime politician....

    November 17, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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