March 31st, 2010
12:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Hutchison explains decision to remain in Senate

Washington (CNN) – Despite making a pledge to resign, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced Wednesday that she will not retire before her term expires in 2012.

"This has been a hard decision. I really did intend to leave," the Texas Republican told reporters in San Antonio.

Citing the recent passage of health care reform, a possible change in energy policy and the federal government's "massive debt," Hutchison said there were plenty of reasons to remain in Washington.

"There has been an intense concern - throughout Texas and our country, but certainly I have heard it all over Texas - about the direction of our federal government," said Hutchison. "It has caused me to look at my resignation in a different way."

Hutchison promised to vacate her Senate seat during a bitter intra-party fight for Texas governor against incumbent Rick Perry, who defeated Hutchison earlier this month.

Flanking Hutchison at the announcement were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn, both of whom had been urging her to stay in office.

"If you sense an audible sigh of relief in the air, it's every single Republican in the U.S. Senate conference who greatly values Kay Hutchison's leadership, intelligence and effectiveness," said McConnell.

Perry, Hutchison's onetime rival, said in a statement that he is "pleased" by Hutchison's decision to remain in Washington, where she can best work to reform the new health care law.

Hutchison was first elected to the Senate in 1993, winning re-elections in 1994, 2000 and 2006.

–CNN's Mark Preston contributed to this report

Filed under: Kay Bailey Hutchison • Texas
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Ben in Texas

    Oh yes, Kay. There are several reasons for you to remain in D.C.:

    1. You're a liar, and that's where liars belong.
    2. There is more graft and corruption that you have not yet taken advantage of.
    3. Texas doesn't want you back, as shown by your recent gubernatorial primary loss.
    4. If you leave the senate, your career is over.

    Perry wants you to stay there, although he called you every name in the book during the primary race. Every Repugnant is trying to spin this as something good for the country, when in actuality it is you breaking yet another promise and going for the greed.

    March 31, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Adaora-Houston

    The number one reason to remain in the senate: "I lost the gubernatorial nomination to a complete idiot."

    March 31, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. AJP

    Typical Ruplibican, you can't take them for their word.

    There is one good thing by her decision to remain in the Senate.

    As a Texan I have the pleasure to vote against her if she decides to run for another term.

    March 31, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Harry

    A Republican... not sticking to their promise as if it never existed??? Balderdash!!!

    Come on... you can't believe nothing that comes outta these Repubs mouths. These are the folks that'll tell/lie to you that the government wants to kill your granny; but are a-okay when the insurance companies condemn folks everyday to die. I believe I'd rather take the chance on the guy I can replace if the cr@p hits the fan. How do you change your insurance carriers president? They get bonuses... not fired.

    You folks that are making over 200,000 grand a year will pay approx. $450 extra per year so YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS can have basic healthcare. If you're looking for tears, don't hold your breath.

    March 31, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Got to take what you can get when you live high on the hog, on the taxpayers back. God forbid she might lose the election and have to find a job. Far better to renege on a promise!

    March 31, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Larry


    March 31, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |

    She was going to resign when she thought she could be the governor, now that she lost that race it's "I'll stay here". So here's yet another member of the GOP that told everyone a lie. So GOP maintains their position of the party of liars and hypocrites.

    March 31, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. JR

    Geez, you'd think Republicans would learn a little something. Just at a time when public confidence in the GOP is waning, Hutchison delivers another blow by side-stepping on a pledge she made...

    Here that sound? It the sound of the GOP sinking another point in public polls...

    March 31, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Gary Street

    A Republican going back on thie word....NO! That can't be so! A party of integrity and honesty would never go back on a promise! CNN, take it back! Quit lying to Texas and the U.S.

    March 31, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. eMeF

    I'm sorry, but this individual needs to do herself and her constituents a favor, and call it quits. While one may qualify her as a politician, she was never helpful at the one on one constituent level. Perhaps the hint that Texas did not see her viability to run the helm as Govenoor should be a clue that she may no longer qualify as 1st mate. Again, she just needs to hang it up, she has lost the impetus and will of the Texas constituency.

    March 31, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Chipster

    ...and Sarah Palin quit because she's just so good that she finished the job early! Not fair to keep chargin' the taxpayers for coastin' to the end of her term – you betcha!

    Anybody got a "Wink" handy?

    March 31, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. El Gordo

    But Kay, you promised to resign. How can you go back on your word?

    Of course, I was a fool to get my hopes up. No Republican has kept a promise since Gerald Ford left office.

    March 31, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Patti in Dallas

    Nobody in Texas – R, D, or I – believed KBH would resign her seat. Ever. This is a "yeah, whatever" story in the Lone Star State today.

    March 31, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. ran

    She is staying so she with the other Republicans can continue their fear/hate/obstructionism/purity ideology.

    March 31, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Duck!

    Well, I can hear the fretful far-left saying "She lied, she has to go!" Have you heard what Obama said lately about drilling off shore? Adds more to the lies and unfulfilled promises he spewed to get elected. I'm sorry, I forgot you can't hear what he says, only that he speaks. Go ahead, let me have it.

    March 31, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Michelle

    Term limits...term limits...these people cannot police themselves. They think to the man that they are the most important person in Washington and that the country could not operate without their splendid, obstructionism.Wait, the country is NOT operating properly because people like Hutchinson still think the Republicans are in power. But then, when you have quitters running the chicken house, what are the chickens to do?

    March 31, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Samuel

    Wow! Who'd have thought that a Republican senator would break a promise? When 2012 gets here, she'll likely announce her decision to "un-retire" and stay in the Senate.

    March 31, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Mike

    What is new...another hypocrat Republicans!

    March 31, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. notfooledbydistractions

    As a resident of TX, I wish you would have stuck to your original decision and left. The state surely wouldn't have missed your presence. Hutchinson has been ineffective at best.

    March 31, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Susan L.

    Liar, Liar, pants on fire! The reason she's not leaving the Senate is because SHE LOST THE PRIMARY for Governor!!! Yeah, blame it on your hyped up fear of a black (Democratic) President. What a nasty stinky liar Kay Bailey Hutchison is.

    March 31, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. John

    Typical GOP member say one thing when it sounds good then change your mind when it benefits the member good one there senator

    March 31, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Fitz in Texas

    Just drunk on all that power and freebies. Makes it real hard to give up.

    March 31, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. hongli

    The Republicans are a disgusted bunch of tugs,pathological liars,racists and porn lovers.

    March 31, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Huh

    LIAR your "pledge" means nothing. You are as bad as your dye job

    March 31, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. rng38

    Did anyone really think she was going to quit if she lost? Wow, no
    one else in Texas can replace her?

    March 31, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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