Endorsements, transportation and even the Texas Rangers — the peace officers, not the baseball players — were on the minds of gubernatorial candidates Thursday.
One day after Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison touted her endorsement from former Vice President Dick Cheney, Gov. Rick Perry unveiled two endorsements of his own: the 11,000-member Texas Association of Builders and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who heads the national Republican Governors Association.
"I'm not keeping up with the scoreboard," Perry said while at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine.
He had no comment on Cheney's endorsement but said he is excited that former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will campaign with him and endorse him early next year.
"If it's the World Series, they would have called it in the seventh inning," he said. "I'll put mine up against anybody else's any given day."
Hutchison spokesman Jeff Sadosky said both Hutchison and Perry "will have significant conservative backing and endorsements" and reiterated that the campaign is delighted to get Cheney's backing.
The builders association endorsed Perry's re-election bid because he "continues to demonstrate a commitment to keeping Texas open for business with his steadfast dedication to low-tax, limited-government policies," said David Miller, who heads the association’s HOMEPAC board of trustees.
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