Washington (CNN) - Despite making a pledge to resign, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced Wednesday that she will not retire before her term expires in 2012.
"This has been a hard decision. I really did intend to leave," the Texas Republican told reporters in San Antonio.
Citing the recent passage of health care reform, a possible change in energy policy and the federal government's "massive debt," Hutchison said there were plenty of reasons to remain in Washington.
"There has been an intense concern - throughout Texas and our country, but certainly I have heard it all over Texas - about the direction of our federal government," said Hutchison. "It has caused me to look at my resignation in a different way."
Hutchison promised to vacate her Senate seat during a bitter intra-party fight for Texas governor against incumbent Rick Perry, who defeated Hutchison earlier this month.
Flanking Hutchison at the announcement were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn, both of whom had been urging her to stay in office.
"If you sense an audible sigh of relief in the air, it's every single Republican in the U.S. Senate conference who greatly values Kay Hutchison's leadership, intelligence and effectiveness," said McConnell.
Perry, Hutchison's onetime rival, said in a statement that he is "pleased" by Hutchison's decision to remain in Washington, where she can best work to reform the new health care law.
Hutchison was first elected to the Senate in 1993, winning re-elections in 1994, 2000 and 2006.
–CNN's Mark Preston contributed to this report
Great news! Hopefully she'll return to a Republican MAJORITY in November. One year of socialism has been FAR TOO MUCH!
Why isn't the Palin story open to comments?
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison should do what she said. Move on, do something else, but move on.
She's staying in the Senate so she can continue to receive all that good lobbyists money.
What, a Republican who said one thing, and did another?
She's a right wing nut case republican from the Party of NO this why!
Sorry Senator Hutchison... CNN thinks that Sarah Palin's ghostwritten facebook rant is more important than you are.
Kay Hutchinson is clearly being used because neither Cornyn or McConnell supported her, they supported Perry and now they want her to hold her Senate seat for Perry. But Perry will never make it to the Senate because he wants Texas to sucede, he's not fit to be a leader not even in Texas.
She still works for Exxon Mobil.
Another flip-flop by a career poltician to put her own ambition above the public interest. We need term limits so citizen-legislators can replace professional politicians. On the other hand, I am glad taxpayers will not be stuck paying for another special election.
The "massive debt" didn't bother Hutchison during the years that George W. Bush nearly doubled it. Health care reform was being passed while she was running her campaign for governor. Hmmmm, could it be that she's staying in the Senate because she's losing the race for governor. After all, who can afford to be without a job these days? Well, at least SHE would have her government health care coverage either way!
Does The Senator not believe that American Citizens should not die due to lack of affordable health care.
As one who recieved a letter from and insurance company who did not offer me a quote because of pre-existing conditions.
It is tragic that people who recieve government sponsored health care do not think tha poor Americans do not deserve the same.
Who said that classes vote against their own self interest.
Need that check a little longer!!! We understand. That's a good reason to lie!!!!
Right and I would like to buy that bridge you keep trying to sell me....over there in in New York....
So, your promises and pledges mean NOTHING. LIAR
Dont quit Kay, Just sit with your arms folded like the rest of the Republicans with their bitter sour grapes. John McCain is a great example to follow. You get paid anyway.
You would think these disgraceful republicans had nothing to do with destroying our countries good name, starting the war in Iraq, allowing widespread Torturing of innocent people and destroying our economy.
So does this mean that Rush Limbaugh is not going to keep his word about leaving the Country? We better not ever hear another word about flip flopping or not keeping promises from the Conservative Republicans.
Typical Republican. Can't keep a promise.
Another good reason for her to stay in the Senate is her leadership on Amtrak issues, now that rail has moved up the list of priorities. She has been a very effective leader on that issue.
Another lying corrupt republican. She is one of the people responsible for the massive dept created by the republicans.
oh... and did i forget the paycheck. typical republican liar!!! and i can't forget she's from texas where that other liar war criminal lives!
Yeah right! You really did intend to leave but for your great love for America! Please tell that to the dogs....
Main reason being she didnt get the job she was appliying for.
Apparently, the pledge was only good as long as it helped her run for Governor. Now that thats done, so is the pledge. She's another bum who puts herself in front of her country and the voters.
Kay needs to straighten up her act as well and fight the expansion of government and government spending. She is an incumbent and if she doesn't take a vow to abort all of the earmarks traditionally used to grow spending she too will be retired by the voters.
The Republican Party must not be overly confident in the outcome of a special election, pending her resignation. The Democrats could regain the seat they lost earlier to Brown.
The American Voters, not a political party, should choose the direction of the country. What would be the outcome of early elections, nationwide?