[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/22/art.cheney1.gi.jpg 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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Cheney endorses Hutchinson?
Ok, so she's after the "Torture is Fun" vote.
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.
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!!!
If he really cares about her campaign, he should stay out of it. He'll only give fire power to the other side.
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.
Oh god .. she got the kiss of death! ..... There goes the election
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.
I like Mrs Hutchison....and would vote for her over the current governor....Cheney got this one right....
Here he is again ladies and gentlemen...The crap salesman
with a mouth full of samples !!!
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.
Well, there is a death sentence to Hutchison.. Anybody he backs, I would be very wary of..
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.
Wow Kay I was going to vote for you but with an endorsement from Mr. Torture" I am not sure now.
One word to describe this creature – pariah.
Does anybody who wants to get elected actually solicit an endorsement from this man?
Is this good for her? I would prefer he supports the other candidate.
Well, that's going to make things interesting in Texas for the RNC
Cheney is .... well, his first name says it all.
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.
So just like that Rick Perry wins. Sweet, saves the people of Texas a lot of money on an election.
Does Dick live in Texas?
Who the cares what he thinks? I know I don't.
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.
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?