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Former President George H.W. Bush endorses Hutchison for governor

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Anne McIlhany

Former President George H.W. Bush has endorsed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for Texas governor. He is the third prominent national figure to endorse Hutchison in her race against Gov. Rick Perry. Last November, she garnered the endorsement of former Vice President Dick Cheney, and early last week former Secretary of State James Baker gave his official backing. Last Friday, in front of his home in Houston, Bush said that he and his wife Barbara were supporting Hutchison because she has the right vision to lead the state. “We are taking this unusual step of endorsing not because of Rick Perry, but because we believe in Kay,” said Bush. Hutchison said she was honored and humbled by the support of two people so loved by Texans, and that she would fulfill the faith that they had in her. Bush emphasized that he had nothing against Perry, and that the decision to endorse Hutchison was more about what he was for, than what he was against. He said that he and Barbara were very proud to endorse her for governor. “To paraphrase an old song, she was a Lone Star Republican before it was cool to be Republican in Texas,” said Bush. PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison R-Texas, left, receives the endorsement for her run for governor from former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara, in front of their Houston home last Friday. Photo by Anne McIlhany

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