January 22nd, 2010
08:29 AM ET
4 years ago

Hutchison gets presidential support

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's bid for Texas governor gets the support of a former commander-in-chief Friday.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's bid for Texas governor gets the support of a former commander-in-chief Friday.

(CNN) – Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's bid for Texas governor gets the support of a former commander-in-chief Friday.

According to the Hutchison campaign, former President George H.W. Bush will formally back Hutchison at an event in Houston, Texas. The 4-term senator is challenging fellow Republican and incumbent Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the March 2 Republican primary.

Earlier this week former Secretary of State James Baker endorsed Hutchison. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is also backing her bid to topple Perry. Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is scheduled to campaign with Perry early next month.

Perry was elected lieutenant governor in 1998 and assumed the governorship after incumbent George W. Bush stepped down following the 2000 presidential election. Perry won full terms in 2002 and 2006.

The elder former president Bush has lived in Houston since leaving the White House in early 1993.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: Kay Bailey Hutchison
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Both candidates suck.

    January 22, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    This has really become a difficult choice for the right wingnuts. They have to choose between a secessionist and a Cheney wannabe.

    January 22, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    With the supreme court (lower case letters only) ruling yesterday, it does not matter what voters want, this office will be bought by big oil, the health insurance industry, and big business every where.

    The destruction of democracy by the supreme court (lower case letters only) was not reported by the Fox wingnut channel.

    January 22, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  4. El Kababa

    George H. W. Bush was the most capable and respectable Republican President since Eisenhower. He is also a war hero. While I voted against him twice, I have great respect for him. I can't say that for any other Republican politician since the death of Barry Goldwater.

    Perry is an intellectual lightweight and a pawn for BIG OIL, BIG GAS, BIG BANKS, and BIG CORP. While Hutchison is one of the least capable Senators that Texas has ever elected, she is head and shoulders above her colleague Sen. Cornyn and above Gov. Perry. By electing Hutchison, Texas will get a better governor and a better senator (unless, as governor, she appoints Perry to fill her unexpired term).

    January 22, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  5. James Cunningham

    Let me get this straight. George Bush who would not lift a finger or open his mouth to defend his record or his party's record against the constant snarky attacks of Barrack Obama is going to support establishment and Washington insider Kaye Hutchison against Rick Parry who represents the real outrage and unhappiness with Washington? Thanks but no thanks Mr. Bush. Take a hike, please! You don't get it either.

    January 22, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  6. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    So whatever happened to Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment "Thou shalt speak no ill of a fellow Republican"? Based on the current Moderate vs. Old Conservative vs. Neo-Con struggle in the Republican party, thank to the Supreme Court, all the Democrats have to do is make sure their big money supporters put bucks into the most whacko candidate in any Republican primary and then make sure he (or she in the case of Bachmann) is hung on his own words for the general election! A lot of these folks on both parties try to come off as either to the political right of Atilla the Hun or to the political left of Lenin to ensure the party nomination. From my own observation Democrats who win the primaries are generally better at playing to the center than Republicans are. Maybe support from Pat Robertson would also Republicans lose!

    January 22, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She's getting support from big names in the party. The question is will people in Texas believe them in her run for governor? I don't know what kind of support she getting from them or how these supporters are viewed in Texas. Do they like G.H.W. Bush and Cheney or would they like them to move else where?

    January 22, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Richard in Austin

    I am suprised that HW is endorsing Hutchison. Perry is nothing but a W Jr. not to mention that he would love to be president of the US, if he doesn't have TX secede first. This former Texas A&M cheerleader really doesn't need to be in the chair another term. No I am not a Medina or Hutchison backer either. Too much "conservative" rhetoric from all these clowns.

    January 22, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Sad...the only Bush with the semblence of a brain in its head.

    January 22, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Shmeckell

    There were so many GW hating liberals that could not figure out who George H.W. Bush was in the story yesterday and the day before they had to post another story and put his picture up. I bet there will still be liberals posting from their phones that cannot see the picture and once again get him confused with his son.

    January 22, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Puddin

    Hey, forget about Perry and Hutchison and consider former Houston mayor, Bill White. He may be a soft-spoken kind of a guy, but he's intelligent and knows how to get things done.

    January 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Fitz in Texas

    I'm hoping DEBRA MEDINA becomes Texas next Governor!

    January 22, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Texas voter

    Of the three, Medina is the only real conservative running on the Republican side. The other two would have more in common with those on the Democratic side.

    This isn't meant as insulting, but just a true statement. At least many on the Democratic side say that they will use money for the welfare of this nation and spend. Republicans swear they won't do it... and then do it anyway....

    January 22, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Politics in Texas, may be about to change. Ms. Medina, has made both of the other GOP candidates, look less than favorable.

    January 22, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Jefe

    Hmmm...its Texas, and a triumvirate of PNAC goons is fighting against the incumbent from their own party. Makes me think Gov. Perry must not want to "play ball" with the bad guys, and Sen. Hutchinson has made her deal with the proverbial devil.

    January 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Connie Brighten

    Hutchison has been a fine senator, but she is a senator, not a governor.

    January 22, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Dee

    It's getting serious. Why don't these people like Perry?

    January 22, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Lilarose in Oregon

    I won't mind seeing Kay leave her senate seat in Congress and head back to Texass!

    January 22, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |