Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Friday that the primary matchup between her and Gov. Rick Perry will serve as a bellwether of where the Republican Party is headed nationally.
Hutchison gave a speech on federal issues to the Dallas Friday Group, a nonpartisan business organization, but answered questions from the audience about her bid for governor afterward.
Hutchison said it was important that the outcome of the primary sends the message “that the biggest state that is still reliably Republican is a state that has enlightened Republicans in leadership.”
Though she barely mentioned Perry throughout her appearance, Hutchison did comment that “silly rhetoric about secession from the country being an option is not a good image…for Texas.”
Hutchison predicted that if Texas were to turn blue, George W. Bush would be the last Republican president because no future party candidate could get enough electoral votes from the remaining purple or red states.
“The stakes are very high,” Hutchison said.