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

Cheney endorsing Hutchinson in Texas governor's race

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Bluebonnet

    While I don't particularly like (p)Rick Perry, I certainly wouldn't vote for the uber liberal in Republican's clothing Kay.

    November 17, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Anonymous

    What Hutchison resign and give up her healt-care? I don't think she's that foolish.

    November 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Sniffit

    One would think that Cheneybot turning his lifeless gaze upon a candidate would ruin them like a political scarlet letter, but this is TX... they apparently have a 9 in 10 rate of trisomy there...and the other 1 in 10 are too stupid to leave. It's something in the water I think.

    November 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    And the battle begins – PALIN against the rest of the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts

    This is getting GOOD!! The party is soooo SPLIT, the numbers ARE NOT going to add up!!

    YES WE CAN!!

    November 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Dean

    Well there goes her chance of being elected.

    November 17, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Gordon Shumway

    Two negatives don't make a positive. Sorry Dick!

    November 17, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. AJ

    They love Cheney in Texas. Hitler too!

    November 17, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. gt

    thats the kiss of death

    November 17, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. AEK

    I would have thought that Darth Chaney would have been impressed by Governor Perry's threats to take the Texas Rangers and the Texas National Guard and go in and kick some Mexican drug dealer butt. Must not be any money in that strategy for the ex Vice President and draft dodger in charge!

    November 17, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Florida Joe

    And I thought Hutchison was one of the Repubs that had at least some sense..........Bringing in Cheney is not a smart move, but in Texas who knows

    November 17, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Hall

    Oh wow, one Governor candidate in endorsed by Darth (Dick Cheney) Vador, and the other is endorsed by the EGOMANIC (Sarah Palin)....

    Republicans must be goin crazy by their party being highjacked by the most DISPICABLE people alive...

    Oh and I forgot, Rush Limbaugh says Sarah Palins book is the most "Substanctive Policy Book" ever....

    Some where in America, moderate Republicans must be extremely embarrased at whats going on right now....!

    November 17, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. D. Tree

    Well, now people know who NOT to vote for 😉

    November 17, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Sgt. USMC

    I WAS going to vote for her until I read this.


    November 17, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. OMG not Cheney Again

    Dont take the endorsement Kay...Its a set up. This man is E-V-I-L you will loose if he is on your side.

    November 17, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Peoples Voice

    Well, Kay. It was a nice try at getting elected. How much did your opponent pay Dick to back you?

    November 17, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Hendrik

    These Republicans are a pack of rats, don't you know. The more you read about them the slimier they get. I can no longer stomach speaking with someone who still identifies him/herself with the Republican party. They are the most hateful, fear mongering creeps in this country. Oh my, I am beginning to sound like one. I better be quiet.

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    I wouldn't want anything from DARK VADER CHENEY . other than a sign saying good by america.. or put him in jail for war crimes along with the idiots that still follow him and Palin .. bottom of the pond

    November 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Boy he just gave the KISS OF DEATH to this woman..........

    November 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. methuselah

    Not that I'd vote for KBH anyway, but having Dick Cheney sign on to your political career is not good news. This coward chickenhawk draft dodger is bad news for any campaign.

    November 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Wow Kay,you just got the kiss of doom from a war criminal,but then again Texas is the nations war machine capital.

    November 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I love these KISS OF DEATH endorsements from pariahs like Palin and Cheney... don't these idiots realize how much they are hated?

    November 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Dennis

    Must be Hutchison has promised him some more oil money.

    November 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. 2012

    Death nell for Why don't these people go away quietly? He had his moment in the sun. Geez.

    November 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. WHAAA??

    Oh my....the Cheney Curse!!

    November 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Sanity

    In related news...Hutchinson just lost the election.

    November 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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