November 19th, 2009
04:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Barbour hopes Hutchison stays in Senate

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Cedar Creek, Texas (CNN)– Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday that he hopes Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison remains in the Senate and acknowledged that he has spoken with her about challenging Gov. Rick Perry in the GOP primary.

Barbour, head of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), would not elaborate on his conversation with Hutchison, but did say he personally hopes Perry wins another term.

"I would just hate to lose Kay Bailey in the Senate," Barbour said at a news conference during the RGA's annual meeting. "She has been a great senator. I would just hate to lose a great senator like that when we have a fine governor."

Barbour did note that the RGA, which is the campaign arm for GOP governors, would not be taking a side in the primary. Still, this week's conference is being held in Perry's home state and he has played a prominent role as host of the event.

Filed under: Haley Barbour • Kay Bailey Hutchison • RGA
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Get Smart

    Well I hope she keeps her seat available if she don't succeed in uprooting this clone of BUSHS' from the governor's seat. But I doubt she has anything to worry about. She will be the next Governor for the State of Texas.

    November 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Lacrosse Mama not for Obama from Bad Newz, VA

    She is great candidate – the senate is a useless body anyway (passing the stupid healthcare bills and so forth)

    November 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The same kay Bailey Hutchinson that's being endorsed by Darth Vader Cheney. Texas will be better off with neither one of those losers.

    November 19, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. George W Bush = Worst President Ever

    It is good for republicans governors to have a secessionist in the governor's mansion in Texas, as it makes the rest of them look borderline intelligent.

    November 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. George W Bush = Worst President Ever

    These governors have to be very careful, or the moronic wingnuts will come after them, and kick them out of the shrinking GOP.

    November 19, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Terry from West Texas

    As a patriotic Texan, I hope Hutchison wins the governorship. In this way, Texas may get a better governor and a better Senator. We're scraping the bottom of the barrel, but ...

    November 19, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Vic of New York

    Why does Barbour want to prevent Kay Bailey from running against Rick Perry?

    Is this like the "silencing" of Carrie Prajean? I thought Republicans want their women to be strong – like Sarah Palin.

    Wow, when the shoe is on the other foot – how quickly that story changes!

    November 19, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. independent

    I am sure no one considers these comments to be taking sides. Right?

    November 19, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Who cares? I thought TX had already decided to pack its bags and become its own country or some such nonsense.

    BTW, to translate his statement, he's saying that he'd rather Hutchinson stay where she is because she has to toe the party line in Congress and he agrees more with Perry's policies of "talk about secession and play up the gun rights crap to anger the base."

    November 19, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. ab

    Europe has a president , is anybody seeing the big picture...Globalization...

    November 19, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. independent

    This is the man who believes America doesn't have a health care problem. Below are the latest results of the status of health care in his state. How does this person get reelected?

    America’s Health Rankings™

    Mississippi is 50th this year, unchanged from 2008.

    Strengths include a low prevalence of binge drinking at 11.1 percent of the population and a low violent crime rate at 285 offenses per 100,000 population.

    Mississippi is among the bottom five states on 10 of the 22 measures. Challenges include a high prevalence of obesity at 33.3 percent of the population, a high percentage of children in poverty at 23.5 percent of persons under age 18, a low high school graduation rate with 63.5 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate within four years, a high infant mortality rate at 11.0 deaths per 1,000 live births and a high rate of deaths from cardiovascular disease at 378.5 deaths per 100,000 population.

    November 19, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Dear Haley Barbour ,
    Could you please help provide us with more gambling casinos through out the USA . Thats all we have left too export thanks to u !

    November 19, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Nate

    Haley Babour?? Does this guy have any credibility being the governor of Mississippi? This is the worst state in the country on every measure of prosperity unless you count obesity as prosporous.

    Look, Mr. Barbour, when a state in the USA is run as poorly as some third world countries you should refocus your efforts to your own backyard. You've got more than enough work to do.

    November 19, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Mark Ramsey MD, Milwaukee WI

    KBH would bring some respect back to the governor's manor. Rick Perry is a buffoon...

    November 19, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Barbour For President

    Haley, the RNC has never been the same after you left, unfortunately. We need you, the country needs you! Please run for President! You are the real leader this country needs!

    November 19, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Looks as if Pompadour Perry has sent KBH to the woodshed.

    She has been told she will not win, that is why she has retracted her vow to leave the Senate.

    She cannot beat Perry without a full time campaign effort.

    November 19, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Mike Dallas

    Great, now Texas is getting advice from the governor of the lowest ranked state of the 50.

    Good to know that the secessionist and next "president" of Texas has the ear of the head of a third world "country" known as Mississippi.

    November 19, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Jim, San Antonio

    Rick Perry provides the best state government that mnoney can buy. From toll roads to the death penalty fiasco, he's as crooked a politician as there has ever been.

    November 19, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom

    Must be REPUBLICAN day at CNN. Sure they do not want Hutchinson to dethrone Perry!

    IF Texas voted for a GOP, they deserve to be stuck in the past.

    November 19, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. victoria---texas

    Barbour, please stay out of my state's politics. i think you have your own state to worry about.

    Texas Democrats for 2010!

    November 19, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. I pay my taxes

    Kay Baily Hutchison has the intelligence, integrity and grit to succeed at either post she chooses...wheter it's the Senate or the Governors mansion.

    November 19, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |