December 4th, 2008
12:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Hutchison move sets up possible Texas primary fight

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison launched an exploratory committee Thursday for a 2010 gubernatorial run."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison took steps Thursday to run for governor in 2010, a move that could set up a fierce primary battle with the state's current governor.

"Texans deserve a Governor who, in the context of sound budgetary policies and low taxes, works for quality schools and universities, access to health care for our families, communities safe from crime and drugs, protection of private property rights, sensible transportation and a government that listens and responds to them," Hutchison said in a paper statement. "There's too much bitterness, too much anger, too little trust, too little consensus and too much infighting. And the tone comes from the top. Texans are looking for leadership and results."

Governor Rick Perry said in April he would run for a third term.

Papers to form Hutchison's exploratory committee were filed Thursday in Austin. In her statement, the Texas senior senator stressed she was "not yet a candidate" as there were "friends, community and business leaders" that she wanted to consult with before formally announcing her candidacy. Hutchison, who was re-elected to her Senate seat in 2006, did not indicate whether or not she would resign should she pursue a gubernatorial bid.

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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Stephen

    Could be very interesting. There's nothing like a "good old, keep it in the family" brawl. Kinda like Christmas, when the black sheep Uncle shows up>

    December 4, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Presley, MN

    Who cares. She never thought about being Governor before. Now that Hillary came close to the presidency and Barack won, we're going to see women and minorities come out of the woodwork. That's good for Dems, but not rethugs. The party of Sarah Failin and George Stupid W. Bush.

    December 4, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. No Incumbents 2010

    I guess some liberals true colors are showing – They don't like women.

    December 4, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Kathie, Houston, TX

    Yea, she is the last thing we need here in Texas. She is Bush/Delay in drag. And she certainly isn't a Ann Richards. Now that was a governor!!!!!

    Hutchinson and Cornyn were nowhere to be found during Hurricane Ike. Then again they have been awol for the past 8 years atleast. This state is in the toilet education wise, tax wise, healthcare wise – you name it. Its time to clean house or just give the state back to Mexico. Heck, half of mexico is here anyway.

    December 4, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Jewels

    Doesn't sound like much good ever comes out of Texas does it.

    December 4, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. AgentG

    Texans deserve a better choice than between Gov. Perry and Sen. Baily Hutchenson. This lovely Senator of ours was recently in Alaska and publically offered to find a way to make sure Mr. Stevens could continue serving in the Senate if reelected, despite his felony conviction.

    Neither of these politicians are what Texas needs going forward. They are both highly ineffective in public office and represent a very small slice of the electorate politically. But maybe we deserve them...

    December 4, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. someone with knowledge

    Whatever, let Hutch and Perry duke it out.

    Bill White, Mayor of Houston will take the Dem nomination and beat either of them, after beating Kinky in the Dem primary.

    Seriously, no one on this thread has done any research on this, right?

    December 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Jesse

    To Steve and Mike Mundy:

    Dan Patrick is an ignorant, racist buffoon.

    It doesn't take a whole lot of thought to rail on AM radio, but it does take considerable thought to try to fix the myriad of serious problems facing state government.

    There are smart, thoughtful Republicans in Texas who would make a better Governor than either Goodhair or KBH. House Education Chair Rob Eissler for one.

    December 4, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Kay in Houston TX

    IMO both of these people are a disgrace to the state of Texas. Rick Perry has sold us out with his Texas Corridor (and resulting NAFTA jSuperhighway )and Sen. Hutchison is a strong amnesty proponent. We need people like Congressmen Ron Paul, John Culberson, and Ted Poe to run for governor and people need to be open to voting for a third party candidate. As Lou Dobbs likes to say "these two parties are simply different wings of the same bird."
    As for the person who says "Let them have Texas" I've got news for you.
    Whatever happens here, is going to happen everywhere.

    December 4, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |

    i really dont care for NEITHER of them, but i am all about supporting SMART WOMEN!!!!!!!!! not sarah Palin, but SMART women!

    Besides i am ready to TURN TEXAS BLUE!!!! and having her for Governor makes us one step closer!!!!

    That means TURN BABY TURN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 4, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. wanda a.

    Retired Army in San Antonio:


    December 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. 0Jim0

    Don't mess with Texas patience! The radical left-wing democrats might as well pack it in because Texans will never give up the second amendment.

    December 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |

    The sad part about this whole thing is that Texas is really not that bad!! i am actually ver y suprised that it wasnt a battle ground state!! we are not that conservative down here!! REpublican lost in MAjor cities like Dallas, Austin, and all of the border states

    December 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    This will be good theater – the hand-picked stooge of Bush versus the know-it-all in panty hose!!!

    December 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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