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. ScottC543

    Cheney endorses Hutchinson?

    Ok, so she's after the "Torture is Fun" vote.

    November 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Sandy in Racine WI

    Where's George? You'd think the former governer of Texas AND president of the US would show support for madame Kay. As usual, Dick is toe stepping, again.

    November 17, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. too bad the republiklans lack ideas

    good. now I wish repug Hutchinson would resign so a democrat can pick up that senate seat; because either she or Gov. Perry is gonna be Scozzafava'd by the tea baggers, Pain-Lin, Glen Beck, Rush LimpFROG and their hateful & bigoted bunch!....repugs should await another NY-23 district disaster!!!

    November 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. JC

    If he really cares about her campaign, he should stay out of it. He'll only give fire power to the other side.

    November 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Tom in FL

    Given that Dick Chaney's endorsement is the kiss of death outside the Republican Party, you have to wonder who he's really working for.
    He probably doesn't have much to lose from the wing nuts anyway, who now claim to hate him and Bush for not being extreme enough.

    November 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. ~~ July ~~ ( Working HARD to make TX Blue )

    Oh god .. she got the kiss of death! ..... There goes the election

    November 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. No Incumbents 2010

    Is a public endorsement of Hutchison a cynical ploy to help Perry? On the other hand it can't hurt too much in Texas to have a former Vice President, who previously lived in Texas, supporting you. Apparently Perry wants to be governor forever.

    November 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. tommygunn

    I like Mrs Hutchison....and would vote for her over the current governor....Cheney got this one right....

    November 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Big Daddy

    Here he is again ladies and gentlemen...The crap salesman
    with a mouth full of samples !!!

    November 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. ttbala

    Hutchinson, this sure is the kiss of death for you, say goodby to your governership, although I don't know that Sarah's support is much better.

    November 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Connie, Indiana

    Well, there is a death sentence to Hutchison.. Anybody he backs, I would be very wary of..

    November 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Cheney in the primaries, Cheney denial in the general election...
    I gotta believe, that even in Red State Texas, Cheney isn't a plus in the general population.

    November 17, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Jeanne

    Wow Kay I was going to vote for you but with an endorsement from Mr. Torture" I am not sure now.

    November 17, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Erasmus

    One word to describe this creature – pariah.

    November 17, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Preston

    Does anybody who wants to get elected actually solicit an endorsement from this man?

    November 17, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. D. D.

    Is this good for her? I would prefer he supports the other candidate.

    November 17, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Silence Dogoode

    Well, that's going to make things interesting in Texas for the RNC

    November 17, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Cheney is .... well, his first name says it all.

    November 17, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Does she really want a Cheney endorsement? If you are thinking long term about things, how do Texans feel about Cheney? I know that it would leave me with some concerns. Then again, she did say that she would resign her Senate seat and then didn't do that. There is some concern there.

    November 17, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Tristan

    So just like that Rick Perry wins. Sweet, saves the people of Texas a lot of money on an election.

    November 17, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Russ

    Who cares.......

    November 17, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Rick

    Does Dick live in Texas?

    November 17, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Bubble of Sanity

    Who the cares what he thinks? I know I don't.

    November 17, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. JH St. Louis, MO

    I've seen more of Mr. Cheney since Obama has been in office than I ever did when Bush was president.

    This man just can't stand to give up any spotlight now that the attention is NOT on his administration. i'm sure he enjoyed having so many voters take everything he said at face value and believe it.

    This man is so corrupt he should be ashamed to show his face to the public. He and the Bush administration are the ones responsible for putting us far far into debt – this recession is not Obama's fault, he inherited it from these shysters.

    November 17, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. lanray

    I wish that Cheney would have stayed out of this. His endorsement is lethal. I can't understand why the man thinks so highly of himself - why can't he quietly go into retirement like his bud, W?

    November 17, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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