Skip to content

Hutchison, Perry Spar Early in Texas Gov Race

Texas Republicans have been bracing themselves for a brutal 2010 primary battle between incumbent Gov. Rick Perry and his big-time challenger, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Few should have been surprised, then, that verbal sparring broke out immediately on Monday, as Hutchison officially kicked off her long-anticipated bid for governor.

Hutchison’s campaign announcement speech, which she delivered Monday morning at a high school near Houston, criticized Perry on a wide array of issues, including taxes, education and health care.

Hutchison also reiterated one of the themes of her nascent campaign: that it is time for a fresh face and new ideas in the governor’s office. Perry — who moved up from lieutenant governor in late 2000 after then-incumbent Gov. George W. Bush won for president — was elected in 2002 and 2006, and his challenger contends that a third full term would be too much.

“Ten years is enough,” said Hutchison. “We can do better.”

Recent Stories

Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman on the Supreme Court, dies at 93

Members want $26 billion for programs the Pentagon didn’t seek

Expelling bee — Congressional Hits and Misses

Appeals court rejects Trump push to dismiss Jan. 6 suits from lawmakers, police

Photos of the week ending December 1, 2023

House expels Rep. George Santos