Monday, August 17, 2009

Sen. Hutchison Statewide Kickoff Campaign Tour Of TX

Houston Chronicle: LA MARQUE — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison this morning formally announced as a Republican primary challenger to Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history.
Appearing at La Marque High School, the Class of '61 graduate launched both her campaign and a five-day, 19-city tour of Texas.

In her announcement, Hutchison made no direct reference to her stated plans to resign her Senate seat in either October or November to concentrate on the March 2 GOP primary. But she promised to fight President Barack Obama's health care overhaul "while I'm in the Senate."

Hutchison made it clear that she plans to aggressively contest Perry on issues. But she also is going after his political base among social conservative and rural voters by reminding them of Perry's past support for state-mandated vaccinations against a sexually transmitted disease.

"Let me start by saying this about Rick Perry. He's a dedicated public servant. I know he loves Texas. But now he's trying to stay too long — 14 years, maybe longer," said Hutchison.

Hutchison said she will propose term limits of eight years for governor. Hutchison in 1994 had promised a self-imposed term limit of two full turns in the Senate, a promise she broke in 2006 to successfully seek a third full term in the Senate.
Hutchison will bring her statewide kickoff campaign tour to Dallas, TX on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at Eddie Deen's Ranch, 944 South Lamar - View Map

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As the storm of controversy surrounding the health care reform bills rages on, Texas Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson and John Cornyn are throwing themselves into the thick of things to oppose reform, teaming up with the Texas Medical Association for a series of town hall meetings across the state.

(KERA audio) At a Dallas press conference, Sen. Hutchison blamed illegal immigrants for making Texas the national leader in uninsured residents while bashing Pres. Obama's Healthcare reform, presumably to bolster her credentials with the far right conservative base. But hospital officials and state statistics don't back her up. Sen. Cornyn also opposes Pres. Obama's Healthcare reform.

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